Game 124 / 69-55 / Tie-1st / 0GB : The extent to which Nathan Eovaldi has evolved over his inaugural season with the Yankees is amazing. Eovaldi matched zeros on the board with Houston starter Scott Feldman over 8 innings — and Carlos Beltran provided the walk-off run with a bases-loaded sac fly to center off Houston reliever Chad Qualls, scoring Brett Gardner. Closer Andrew Miller recorded the victory by virtue of his scoreless top of the 9th. The victory pulled New York even with the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 1, Astros 0
“Last year I had to rely on my fastball a lot more than this year. That and my slider, then I’d get behind in counts with my slider. I didn’t have a great feel for my curveball last year, and then I didn’t have the split. This year I’ve been using my curveball a lot better and all my offspeed pitches (have been better), which is helped me out a lot.” — Nathan Eovaldi (h/t: Chad Jennings / LoHud)
“I think the player of the game today would have to be Eovaldi. He just pitched an amazing game and he was able to basically chop the opposing team down and allow us to win this one for him, so we’re happy about that.” ‐ Carlos Beltran (h/t: Bryan Hoch and Brian McTaggart / MLB.com)
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 2009, the Colorado Rockies signed Jason Giambi as a free agent, after he was released by the Oakland A’s on August 7th of same year. Giambi was originally drafted and signed by the A’s, and upon attaining free agency signed a high profile, 6-year deal with the Yankees in 2002. After the 2008 season ended and his contract up, the Yankees made no attempt to re-sign him. On January 6, 2009, Oakland brought him back into their fold, but released him after an unproductive start and a stint on the disabled list.