Yanks Take Tough Loss To Astros
It may have taken an extra day, but the Yankees season finally kicked off with yesterday's game against the Houston Astros. After inclement weather caused the game to be moved back 24 hours, we were finally set for baseball in the Bronx.
After holding a lead through the 5th inning off of the newly acquired Starlin Castro's two RBI double down the left field line in the second inning, the Yankees began to fade late in yesterday's 5-3 loss to the Astros. Astros young stud, Carlos Correa hit an opposite-field home run that drove Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka from the game late in the 6th inning with the score tied at 2.
What many thought was the strongest part of this Yankees team, the bullpen failed the Yankees late in the game. Dellin Betances gave up the go-ahead run after Carlos Correa hit a soft ground ball down the first base line that Betances fielded and threw over the head of first baseman Mark Teixeira.
However, the play was not without controversy. Yankee manager Joe Girardi was fired up after it appeared that Correa was impeding Betances from making a clean throw to first base because he was not running inside the 40-foot line that runs down the base path.
"Maybe I was inside the line, but then he's got to hit me in the back in order for me to be called out," Correa said. "I was just trying to maybe confuse him. He's a pitcher. They don't play much defense."
That play scored Jose Altuve who reached base on a walk and stole second earlier in the inning.
Girardi then protested the game, although the call was upheld.
The Yankees now look to bounce back with Michael Pineda who faces Colin McHugh Wednesday night.
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