Carlos Beltran’s SF in the bottom of the 9th broke a scoreless tie and gave the Yanks a 1-0 win over the Houston Astros tonight.
With the win, the Yanks are in a dead tie for first place in the AL East with Toronto. Both teams are 69-55.
CC Sabathia was placed on the DL before the game. He may be done for the year. Chris (I am a cat with 9 lives) Capuano was brought back…. again.
Nathan Eovaldi was great tonight. He should change his name to Eo-VOLVING. For he is evolving from a thrower into a pitcher. Just 25, he came to the Yanks with great promise but just a 15-35 record. He needed to evolve into a pitcher. He is doing that. Even though he didn’t get the win tonight due to a lack of run support, you can see him improving.
Both teams blew some scoring opportunites. In the third, A-Rod flied out with men on 2nd and 3rd with two out.
In the sixth, Houston had 2nd and 3rd, one out and 1B Greg Bird of the Yanks made a nice play to keep the runner at third and get the runner out at second.
In the seventh, the Yanks had 1st and 3rd, no one out but Bird struck out. Headley lined out and McCann was thrown out at the plate trying to tag up. That was ugly. The ball bounced three times before getting to the catcher and McCann, slow because he is a catcher, still was thrown out. I got to question the third base coach on that send.
In the ninth, the Yanks won it without a hit. Three walks and Beltran’s SF.
Eovaldi 8 IP, 0 R, 4, 3 walks and 7 K. 4.00
Miller (W, 2-2, 1.99) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
McCann was 3 for 3 with a walk, and threw out a runner trying to steal.
Headley made a throwing error, his 20th E of the season, but fortunately it did not haunt them.