The Yankees did themselves a huge favor by coming back to win yesterday afternoon's game. They've blown more than a few games like that already this season and the failure to win those games is what has them in second place in the division. The offense no-showing today made yesterday's win all the more important and allowed them to leave Houston with their heads held at least at normal head-holding position after dropping the series finale to the Astros. The Yanks jumped out to the early lead in the top of the 3rd, thanks in part to some bad pitching (Stephen Drew walk), worse pitching (wild pitch in the next at-bat), and clutch hitting (Brett Gardner RBI single). That was all they would get off Houston starter Colin McHugh, however. He held them to 1 measly hit over the next 5 innings and set the stage for his team's comeback.
That comeback came slowly and methodically against a pretty solid Michael Pineda. He wasn't as dominant as we've seen him at times this year, but he was more than good enough to win. The first run he gave up wasn't even his fault. Carlos Correa hit what should have been an easy flyball out in the bottom of the 4th. But Brett Gardner and Garrett Jones miscoummuno'd and let the ball drop between them, which gave Correa time to motor around for a pseudo-inside-the-park home run to tie the game. His leadoff double in the 7th led to the second run, and a Jason Castro sac fly after a leadoff double in the 8th gave Houston an insurance run. All in all, Pineda gave up 2 ER in 8 innings with 8 strikeouts and no walks. Plenty good enough to earn a win, except on a day when your lineup doesn't come to play.
- The Yankees only managed 2 hits on the day, Gardner's single and a base hit by A-Rod. Gardner and Drew drew 2 walks against McHugh and that was it. I guess McHugh's upper-4's ERA coming into the game was deceiving, because he put the Yankee lineup in a body bag.
- Big Mike's line: 8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. Hard to ask for much more from the guy. He gave the team length, he gave them a very good start, and he got no help. Guess that brittle mind is translating to the offense eh, Filip Bondy?
- Not much else to really talk about. Headley and Teix each took 0-4 days with 2 Ks, A split here is better than a series loss, but it sucks when you leave a winnable game like today's on the figurative table.