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Yankees 1, Astros 2: Winning streak is over, but at least Sonny Gray is good again

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The Yankees lost, but that’s ok because Sonny Gray was good.

New York Yankees v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Yankees finally lost tonight, ending their winning streak at nine games. For much of the night, we were all enraptured by the Charlie Morton show. However, the silver lining was a more impressive outing from Sonny Gray than we have seen all year. In the end, things could have been a whole lot worse than they turned out to be.

Charlie Morton proved to be just as much of a pain for the Yankees lineup as he was in last year’s ALCS. From the very beginning it seemed like it was going to be a long night. He came out of the gates throwing strikes, expanding the zone, and getting ahead early in the count. In the end, the Yankees never had much of a chance.

He held New York to two hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters over 7.2 innings. Morton actually had a no hitter going for him until the sixth inning, when Austin Romine reached on a single. Heading into the eighth inning, Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres each had a walk as well. That was it. That’s how good Charlie Morton was.

Amazingly, Sonny Gray turned things around tonight. Instead of the same old performance we have grown accustom to, he actually had some things going for him. Gray was aggressive and his command was improved, allowing him to keep the Yankees in the game all night. He threw six full innings, limiting the Astros to two runs on four hits. They were able to squeak out a run in the first, and just when it looked like it was all going to fall apart in the fourth, he kept it together. Houston managed to load the bases with no outs and only scored one run.

The Yankees finally chased Morton from the game with two outs in the eighth. Torres knocked a double right up against the outfield wall. Brad Peacock entered the game and walked Aaron Judge. Chris Devenski then came in and allowed a single to Brett Gardner on the first pitch to get a run in. Unfortunately, this was not a night for any more Didi Gregorius magic, and he struck out to end the threat, and the team’s last best chance to win.

We will do this all again tomorrow when Jordan Montgomery faces Justin Verlander at 8:10 PM.

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