Game 10: NYY vs. HOU — Late inning pitching disturbs “Tanaka Time”

Tonight, the Yankees began their series against the Astros in Houston with a strong start thanks to Masahiro Tanaka’s great outing. He threw just 78 pitches through 6 innings, gave up 3 hits, 2 walks, and just 1 run, and struck out 3 Houston batters. His lone allowed run was a lead-off solo home run in the 4th.

Couple that with a strong offensive start for the Yankees, and things were looking up to continue their win streak from Baltimore this weekend. In the 3rd, with 1 out, they loaded up the bases with Urshela’s walk, Gardner’s single and stolen base, and Judge’s walk. Luke Voit hit a short single that only scored Urshela but still got the Yankees on the board first.

With the game tied in the 4th, the Yankees came back in the 5th with Aaron Judge’s 1-out solo home run into the right field seats. And with 2 outs in the 6th, LeMahieu doubled and then scored on Clint Frazier’s long single.

Yes, things were looking up as the Yankees looked to their bullpen to close out the game in the final third of the game. But it didn’t really work out that way for either of their relievers. Zack Britton just struggled his way to find outs in the 7th. A lead-off single was out on a force grounder and failed double play attempt. A ground out moved that new runner to 2nd and a walk put the tying runs on base where they would both score on a long double and tie up the game.

That was it for Britton, and Adam Ottavino came in to close out the inning with a strikeout. But after another strikeout to kick off the 8th inning, he found his own problems. A walk and single put runners in the corners before a dribbling single unfortunately scored the lead runner to put the Astros in the lead.

While the Yankees had a strong starter and weak relievers, the Astros seemed to have the reverse issue, closing out the game with a 6-pitch 9th inning to win the game.

Final score: 4-3 Astros

And today, the Yankees and PitCCh In Foundation announced the 2nd annual celebrity softball game to be held at Yankee Stadium on May 16. Last year, CC Sabathia, his foundation, and the Yankees gathered their noteworthy friends like athletes Carlos Beltran, Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez, Giancarlo Stanton, and Mo’Ne Davis and celebrities like DJ Envy, Leslie Jones, and Jennifer Lopez. They raised over $1 million for their foundations.

This year will start with a red carpet VIP event before they play the game and award the winning team a trophy. Celebrities will include Tiki Barber, Action Bronson, Andruw Jones, Tracy McGrady, and CC and Amber Sabathia among others to be announced. Tickets are available for sale for fans to enjoy all the festivities that Thursday night. Plus, it’s a great way to enjoy a game at the stadium and give back to a very worthy cause.

Go Yankees!

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