One Run Short. Houston 2 NY 1

Luis Severino had one bad inning — the 3rd — when with 2 outs and a runner on, he walked 2 batters and allowed a 2-RBI double off the wall in left to Alex Bregman. And that was it — enough to lose as Luis Garcia and the Astros’ bullpen beat the Yankees 2-1.

The Yankees scored their run in the 6th on a solo homer by Anthony Rizzo. They put two more runners on in the 6th with 2 outs but couldn’t plate anyone else.

Houston wins the 1-game set. NY falls to 56-21 and Houston improves to 48-27.

1. Severino Pitched Great

The good news was that Severino rebounded from that 3rd inning, and pitched an excellent ballgame overall — 6 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 4 K’s. But he loses to go 4-3 3.35.

After allowing the 2-out, 2-RBI double to Bregman in the 3rd — Severino finally got the final out when Kyle Tucker attempted to steal home while Severino was fiddling with his PitchCom device which wasn’t working, and Severino threw him out.

It was a gift from the Astros and considering they only won 2-1 — could have been a huge play in the game. But wasn’t.

Severino retired the rest of the batters he faced in order — pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the 4th, 5th, and 6th, and ending by striking out 2 of the last 3 batters he faced.

“This is a good team that doesn’t strike out that much,” said Severino afterwards of Houston. “So you have to go for contact. Throw good pitches because you’re not going to get 10 or 12 strikeouts. So just keep attacking the zone, and getting those hitters to put the ball in play.”

2. Rizzo Bangs Back

Luis Garcia, a 6’1 25-year-old righty, shutout the Yankees through the first 5 innings until Anthony Rizzo hit a homer to right with 1 out in the 6th. It would be the only Yankee run of the game.

3. Relievers End It

Ron Marinaccio and Albert Abreu each pitched a shutout inning.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa helped Marinaccio out with a splendid play at shortstop in the 7th.

The Yankees could not score against Houston’s pen of Ryne Stanek, Hector Neris, Rafael Montero, and Ryan Pressly.

The Boxscore


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