Game 125 / 69-56 / 2nd / – 0.5 GB : After getting two somewhat painless outs in the first inning, the wheels came off for starter Ivan Nova and the Yankees were looking up at a 5-0 deficit before coming to bat. Nova pulled it together for a few innings, but was lifted in the 5th after allowing 7 earned runs on 7 hits, while walking 4. New York bats were shut down by Houston’s Dallas Keuchel, who tossed a 7-inning gem, scattering 3 hits and striking out 9.
New York avoided the indignity of a 15-0 shutout in the bottom of the 9th. A Greg Bird grounder to first base that Houston tried to turn two on but failed, allowed Jacoby Ellsbury to score from third. That was the offensive output for the Yankees tonight.
A welcome distraction to the beat down was the highly-combustible Carlos Gomez acting out again. See video below.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Astros 15, Yankees 1
“They’re kicking our rear ends. Show a little professionalism to the pitcher. I know you missed a pitch and you’re frustrated by it, but I just think it’s a little too much. … It’s a kid that, he plays hard but there have been a number of clubs that have taken exception to some of the things that he does on the field and it just got a little heated.”
‐ Joe Girardi (h/t: Chad Jennings / LoHud)
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1956 the Yankees released Phil ‘The Scooter’ Rizzuto… On the same day in 1956, New York filled the roster spot by claiming Enos Slaughter off waivers from the Kansas City Athletics… (h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)