To be perfectly fair, the Yankees faced one of the Astros’ ace starters. He was brutal for the Yankees in the playoffs last year, and he was dominant when the Yankees faced him earlier this season (though fortunately, that ended in the Yankees’ favor due to some ironic dominant pitching of their own by today’s starter). And because of how the games landed, the Yankees weren’t able to send in their ace. And with the slight stagnancy the Yankees’ bats are hitting recently, it might not have mattered so much.
And despite that, the Yankees were able to hold off the Astros in comparison to what could be. Domingo German got the start, throwing 104 pitches into the 6th inning, giving up 5 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs (3 earned), and still struck out 7 Houston batters. In the 2nd, with 1 out and 2 runners on base, a big 3-run home run got the Astros on the board early. And a throwing error in the 4th allowed the lead-off runner to make it to 1st safely. He advanced to 2nd on a single and then scored on another single.
AJ Cole closed out the 6th for German and had a pretty good outing overall for his 7 outs. Except for that pesky 1st pitch, lead-off solo home run in the 8th inning to add to the Astros’ lead. Tommy Kahnle came on strong in the 9th and needed just 11 pitches to close out the inning.
Meanwhile, that Astros’ starter just dominated the Yankees’ offense into the 7th inning, giving up just 5 hits. One of those was also a lead-off solo home run to Greg Bird, his first home run of the season due to his recent return from the disabled list. The Astros’ bullpen closed out the 7th and sailed their way through the final 2 innings and kept the Yankees to that lone allowed run.
Final score: 5-1 Astros
In honor of Memorial Day, the Yankees have donned uniforms and gear with camouflage accents, both today and yesterday. And at a certain point in the game, (3pm local time, or during the 6th inning), the Yankees participated in the National Moment of Remembrance, a moment of silence.
During the 7th inning at home games, they always take time to “honor America”, a staple in the Yankees’ home program since 9/11 to recognize and honor active, veteran, and fallen military and first responders. But today was a special moment across all of baseball and various parts of America, a special memorandum President Clinton signed in 2000. It is just the 2nd year that all of MLB has participated, but it quickly has become a favorite on this day.
And on that note, we wish everyone a safe and meaningful Memorial Day, as we remember those lost in service to their country and the families they left behind. Fallen, but not forgotten.