Obviously, it’s hard to win games when nothing goes right.
The Yankees’ offense drew four walks in the first couple innings against Astros’ starter Mike Fiers. By the time they did get on the board, it was far too late. Luis Severino only walked one batter himself. He also allowed nine hits, giving up six runs in the process. The Yankees’ defense chipped in with two errors.
When literally no facet of your game is working, you’re going to lose. The Yankees did just that, dropping the game and the series in an 8-1 loss to the Astros.
The Yankees threatened in both of the first two innings, but it was the Astros who struck first. With Carlos Beltran on after a double, Marwin Gonzalez homered to put Houston ahead in the bottom of the second. The Astros tacked on another run later in the inning when George Springer doubled to bring home Yuli Gurriel.
Houston added on a couple more runs in the fifth inning. Severino allowed a single and a walk to the first two hitters of the inning, but then struck out the next two. He was close to getting out of the inning, but the Astros loaded the bases when Jose Altuve hit an infield single that Chase Headley had no play on. That came back to haunt Severino and the Yankees when Carlos Correa doubled, bringing home two runs to increase Houston’s lead.
After giving up a one-out double in the sixth, Severino was removed from the game. He would exit with a line of six runs on nine hits and a walk in 5.1 innings. Tyler Webb came in and eventually got out of the inning, but did allow another run in the process.
In the seventh, the Astros added to their lead even more when Gurriel hit a two-run homer off Domingo German.
After the early chances, the Yankees’ offense didn’t do much of anything for the next several innings. In the eighth, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez both picked up singles. Those too would amount to nothing, however.
Headley and Chris Carter combined to get the Yankees on the board in the ninth, but that one run was not even remotely close to enough. The Astros’ bullpen had no problems closing out an 8-1 win.
That loss ends the Yankees’ road trip. They do now get to return home, where they have a .649 winning percentage.