Tonight’s game was not televised, and it turns out that we were spared from watching some terrible baseball. The Yankees met up with the Astros for the first time since Game Seven of the ALCS, and they were shut out once again. Sure, it’s spring training and the Yankees didn’t use a full major league lineup. Aaron Judge did have the day off, but the Yankees certainly didn’t trot out the B-squad. The only player in tonight’s starting lineup not expected to crack the Opening Day roster was Miguel Andujar, and he has been hitting well in spring training. For whatever reason, Lance McCullers Jr. seems to have the Yankees’ number.
The Yankees mustered just one hit off McCullers Jr. over four and one-third innings. Their best chance to score came in the fourth inning when Giancarlo Stanton reached on a fielding error by Jack Mayfield. With two outs, Neil Walker was hit by a pitch to put two runners on for Aaron Hicks. It was amusing to imagine the Yankees potentially scoring without getting a hit, but Hicks flied out to end the inning. Andujar put an end to the no-hitter in the fifth with a leadoff single, and McCullers Jr.’s night ended soon after that.
Unfortunately, the Yankees didn’t fare any better against Houston’s other pitchers. The only other hit of the game was a single off the bat of Tyler Austin. Shane Robinson and Aaron Hicks were the only players to work walks, and the Yankees struck out 12 times.
Jordan Montgomery started tonight’s game, and surrendered both of the Astros’ runs. With two outs in the first inning, J.D. Davis hit a solo shot to put the Astros on the board. Monty gave up another home run in the fourth to Tyler White. He only gave up one other hit through four innings of work, and ended his night with four strikeouts.
David Robertson, Chad Green, Giovanny Gallegos, and Brady Lail all had good outings. D-Rob and Green combined for seven strikeouts, and the Yankee pitchers did their job to keep the game within reach. The offense just didn’t have it tonight.
The Yankees will be back at it against the Tigers tomorrow at 1:05. You can catch the game on MLB Network, or listen to it on WFAN.