The Yankees and Astros played a ridiculous game on Saturday night. What started as a pitchers’ duel turned into a wild series of lead changes, home runs, errors, and all-around tense moments. Eventually, the Bombers walked out on top.
We’ll have a full recap later tonight. In the meantime, here are a few highlights:
Winner of the Game
For a while it looked like the clock struck midnight on Gio Urshela. The third baseman had hit .220/.281/.380 (71 wRC+) on the month heading into Saturday night’s game. Just when you rule Urshela out, though, he rediscovers his magic. The 27-year-old took Wade Miley deep for a two-run shot in the fifth, giving the Yankees the lead and their first hit of the evening.
Urhsela was recently named a finalist in the All-Star voting, so I think you all know what to do.
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Giancarlo Stanton also gets a nod for twice driving in the go-ahead runs. A pair of infield singles in the sixth and the seventh scored a combined four runs. Now, I could use this as an opportunity to be snarky about those who happily pile on Stanton, but that would lead to comments about our recent Austin Romine story. The backup catcher slugged a game-tying home run, so how about we call it even?
Loser of the Game
Jonathan Holder has to go. I’m sorry, but his presence on the roster actively harms the team. The right-hander owns a 5.55 ERA (4.21 FIP) on the season, and including tonight, he’s allowed 17 earned runs in his last 10 appearances. Those numbers aren’t playable in the big leagues, especially on a team trying to win a highly-competitive division. A trip to Scranton is long overdue.