Another night, another frustrating loss at the hands of the Astros. One day after losing a late lead in a tightly-contested matchup in Houston, the Yankees yet again fell to the Astros in a close game, this time by the score of 6-3. The Astros are a tremendous team, and there’s no shame in losing to them on the road, but the Yankees have to be kicking themselves for kicking away a pair of eminently winnable games.
Winner of the Game
The Yankees mustered only five hits, and Gary Sanchez was the only one to cobble together more than one, so Sanchez takes the cake almost by default. His two-run double in the sixth off of Houston starter Gerrit Cole put the Yankees up 3-2. Otherwise, it was a cold night for the Yankees’ bats, and an uneven one for their hurlers.
Loser of the Game
The Yankees’ attention to detail. It’s hard to beat teams as good as the Astros. You have to sweat all the small stuff to do so, and the Yankees didn’t tonight. Clint Frazier had a couple of bad reads and came up short on a pair of diving catches. Brett Gardner failed to run out what should’ve been an easily avoidable double play. Austin Romine dropped the ball, literally, a number of times (imagine, briefly, the reaction had Sanchez done any of these things). Jonathan Holder and Chad Green combined to fumble away the game late. It’s a testament to the Yankees’ roster that they’re giving the Astros everything they can handle even with a scarcely fathomable amount of talent on the IL, but to win these tight matchups, they must play cleaner.