The Yankees had every opportunity to take game one from the Astros. They overcame their starting pitching equivalent of kryptonite, received a fine start from Masahiro Tanaka, and turned it over to the bullpen. Instead they blew a late lead and dropped the opener. That’s not fun!
Winner of the Game
Credit goes to the Yankees offense for actually scoring off of Justin Verlander. The team put up three runs against the Astros ace. An Aaron Judge home run and two RBI from Clint Frazier and Luke Voit proved enough to drive Verlander from the game.
Honorable Mention: Masahiro Tanaka
Loser of the Game
It’s a tie between Zack Britton and Greg Bird. Britton took over in the seventh inning and allowed two runs to score on two hits and a walk. That tied the game at 3-3. Bird, meanwhile, struck out four times and had trouble getting to a Carlos Correa groundball in the eighth. That ended up plating the winning run.
Honorable Mention: Gary Sanchez, not that he did anything wrong, but I’ll let the picture do the talking:
Gary Sanchez foul ball hits him in the... well you be the judge. pic.twitter.com/Ihq9Vge87o— Jake Story (@TalkinJake) April 9, 2019