Sheesh. The Astros took a wrecking ball to JA Happ this afternoon and salvaged the final game of this four game series, 9-4. It’s a lazy Sunday and I’m sure nobody is looking for an extensive recap on this dud, so we’ll go with quick bullet points here:
- Happ flounders: Things were ugly for the Yankees’ southpaw right from the get go. José Altuve led off the game with a dinger which set the tone for the rest of Happ’s outing. In total, he allowed eleven hits and eight runs, including two other dingers (Yordan Alvarez and Tyler White). White hit a grand slam which broke the game wide open.
- A bunch of near misses: The Yankees were a hair off against Justin Verlander today. I counted four times that the Bombers almost took him deep. Aaron Judge, Edwin Encarnación, and Gary Sánchez just got under a few balls while Aaron Hicks pulled one just foul. Houston’s righty wound up pitching seven innings of three run ball.
- Though the eight game winning streak is over, a different streak continues: The three runs Verlander gave up? Courtesy of DJ LeMahieu, who hit a three-run dinger in the fifth. It extended the Yankees streak of hitting at least one home run per game to 26 games. That’s the new franchise record.
- Bullpen relief: Luis Cessa and David Hale bailed out the bullpen and pitched well. They ate five innings and allowed just one run; Cessa gave up a homer to the first hitter he faced: Yuli Gurriel.
A sweep would have been fantastic, but winning three out of four against the Astros is still a great outcome. Tampa Bay is currently well ahead of Oakland, so the Yankees will lose a game of advantage on them. Boston lost, so no big deal there.
The Yankees will be back in action tomorrow for their final series before going to London. Toronto will be in town for three games, starting at 7:05pm tomorrow.