There was a large portion of the Yankee fanbase that wasn't happy when they re-signed Chris Young early in the offseason, myself included. But Young has been their best bench player by far this year and last night he was the sole reason they came back late and stole a close win to tie this 4-game series.
Early on it looked like the Yanks were headed for the wrong end of a second straight shutout. They generated a mere 3 hits and 1 walk against Houston starter Vincent Velasquez (great name, BTW) over the first 6 innings and only had a baserunner reach second once (Brett Gardner's doubled in the top of the 3rd). They weren't swinging and missing as much as they were against Keuchel, but it was a pretty sad showing.
Thankfully Nathan Eovaldi gave them a good start to keep the game close. Houston got to him in the bottom of the 3rd on a Hank Conger double and Carlos Correa single and in the 6th on a single, stolen base, and bloop hit by Evan Gattis, but other than that Evo was solid. He limited damage and danger, got 11 swings and misses, and struck out 6 over 6 innings.
Velasquez tired in the top of the 7th, giving way to the 'pen after giving up consecutive hits to Carlos Beltran and Garrett Jones. Righty relief ace Will Harris and his 0.78 ERA came in to face Young and threw him 3 straight cutters in the at-bat. Young took the first for a strike, fouled off the second, and yanked the third out and over the left field fence for the go-ahead 3-run homer. Big time hit.
Which meant it was time for the big-time relievers and they did not disappoint. Chasen Shreve struck out the side in the 7th, Justin Wilson got 2 outs in the 8th, and Dellin Betances showed Harris how it's done with a perfect 4-out save. Big win.
- Young's hot streak continues. He's up to a 9-game hit streak with 16 hits during the streak. Season line up to .271/.313/.494.
- He's taken a lot of heat for the disastrous Miami start, but Eovaldi has actually allowed 3 ER or fewer in 6 of his last 7 starts. He isn't coming along as quickly as most of us would like, but he really hasn't been as bad as we've made it seem.
- Shreve hasn't allowed a run since May 22nd.
- 2-hit nights for Gardner and Jones, who almost hurt himself making a catch later in the game. Chase Headley went 1-3 with 2 walks.