I didn't watch a second of this game yesterday, and I only followed the last few innings on Twitter and Gameday. Shame too, because it seemed like this would have been a great game to watch. The Yankees battled back from 2 early deficits to take a late lead and lock up a home-opening series win with their lockdown late-inning bullpen.
Those early deficits were caused by starter Nathan Eovaldi, who made like Mike Pineda and gave up 5 runs in 5 innings on a couple of long balls and no walks. Tyler White and Preston Tucker each got ahold of Eovaldi's splitter and hit it out in the top of the 2nd to make it 3-0, and then White came through with a 2-run single in the 4th to put Houston back up 3.
The Yankees chipped away at those 2 3-run leads over the course of 4 innings. They got 1 in the 2nd on a Chase Headley sac fly, another in the 3rd on a Jacoby Ellsbury ribbie double, 2 in the 4th on solo homers by Brian McCann and Starlin Castro, and a run in the 5th to tie the game on an Alex Rodriguez base hit. That set the stage for Mark Teixeira, who hit a 3-run home run off of Ken Giles in the bottom of the 7th to give the Yankees the lead.
That lead was well protected by Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. They struck out 5 in 2 scoreless innings and backed up a solid scoreless 2-run performance by Chasen Shreve and Kirby Yates ahead of them. An excellent team effort by the relief corps to send the Yankees to Detroit above .500.
- 2-hit games for Ells, A-Rod, Teix, Big Mac, and Castro. Teix's 3 RBI put him just 1 behind Castro for the team lead, so he's off to a real nice start after his slow spring.
- Teix's homer in the 7th was particularly awesome because it was an opposite fielder. Teix oppo homers are like unicorns covered in 4-leaf clovers, you just don't see it often. And to hit it off Giles? That's impressive.
- Tough series for Giles. Got taken yard by Didi on Opening Day and then got got by Teix yesterday. Oh well.
- Much better outing for Betances than his first one. Perfect inning, 13 pitches, 8 strikes, 2 Ks.
- Not much I can say about Eovaldi. Somebody will have to fill me in on how he looked and how bad the home run pitches were.