Yankee Fans Rip Astros for Cheating. 4 Reasons Why NY 7 Houston 3 on 5-4-21

Yankee fans blisteringly ripped the Houston Astros all evening in the first game with fans played at Yankee Stadium between the two teams since it was discovered Houston cheated to win the 2017 and 2019 pennants. It was a nationally televised game on ESPN to boot. And most importantly, the Yankees won 7-3, on a Tuesday night in the Bronx.


1. Yankee Fans = Players of the Game

Yankee fans gave it to Houston loudly and vociferously all evening giving the game an intense playoff atmosphere even though there were only 10,850 fans in the Stadium due to COVID limits.

“The fans led the charge,” said Giancarlo Stanton after the game. “That was intense. I wouldn’t want to be on the other side of that. They brought something heavy.”

“They were extremely hard on Altuve tonight, the fans,” added Houston manager Dusty Baker.

Yankee fans serenaded Houston on Twitter all evening as well.

2. Stanton = Baseball Player of the Game

Giancarlo Stanton smashed the baseball almost as hard as Yankee fans verbally smashed the Astros all night. Stanton went 4 for 5 including a BOMB in the 1st to put NY up 2-1.

3. German Pitched ‘Ok’

Domingo German started and was ok — he got Jose Altuve to pop up to start the game, but allowed a homer to Alex Bregman a few batters later amidst the blistering booing the Yankee fans were giving Houston.

The Yankees HAD to win this game so when DJ LeMahieu led off the bottom of the 1st with a single off Zack Greinke, and Stanton hit his bomb to put the Yanks back on top — you can imagine the ovation he got.

The Yanks then loaded the bases in that bottom of the 1st (Aaron Judge walk, Gio Urshela infield single, and Gleyber Torres walk) but Clint Frazier hit into a double play — it scored the run but stunted the rally.

German gave up the 3-1 lead in the 4th: a leadoff homer to leftfielder Michael Brantley, a one-out single by DH and cleanup hitter Yordan Alvarez and then a seeming 2-run homer by 1st baseman Yuli Gurriel to put Houston up 4-3 — but ruled a grounds rule double as it hit inside the playing field before going over the fence, and Gurriel put back on 2nd. It was huge because German worked his way out of the inning and it was 3-3.

German worked 5 innings allowing the 3 runs — an ‘ok’ start.

3. Yanks 4-Run 6th Takes Game

The Yankees exploded for 4 runs in the 6th off reliever Brandon Bielak to take a 7-3 lead. Gleyber Torres walked (again — he is now tied for the club lead with Judge; a great sign), Aaron Hicks singled, and Rougned Odor walked in between two outs — loading the bases with 2 outs for DJ LeMahieu, who hit a roller to 3rd and beat it out for a hit — 3rd baseman Bregman throwing the ball away past 1st allowing all the runners to come around and score.

The last runner was Odor, who came in standing up and collided with catcher Martin Maldonado at the plate — both hit the ground in pain — Odor’s left leg hitting Maldonado’s head. Both were on the ground for a long time before both were helped off the field.

Then Stanton Rocketed one to right scoring LeMahieu for an extra bit of revenge.

4. Yankee Bullpen = 4 Shutout Innings

The Yankee bullpen came in to pitch 4 shutout innings and allow the Yanks to take the game: Lucas Luetge, Jonathan Loaisiga, Wandy Peralta, and Chad Green all pitched a shutout inning.

Luetge was helped out by a terrific play in the field by Gleyber Torres in the 6th, turning what looked like a single up the middle into a double play.

It was surprising seeing Peralta in — he was just acquired and isn’t sporting the best numbers — but he’s a lefty who can nuetralize lefty bats at the Stadium with its short porch.

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