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Astros Lineup Finally Breaks Through But Bullpen Gives Way

The Astros dropped the four-game series to the Yankees and had a losing home stand.

May 03, 2018 - 5:09 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The Astros offense had endured a scoreless streak long enough before breaking through Thursday at Minute Maid Park. Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka would shutout the lineup for six innings before leaving with the bases loaded in the seventh. The bullpen would give way and cash in all of Tanaka's base runners as the Astros took the lead but their own bullpen would do the same, and the Yankees beat the Astros by a final score of 6-5.

"I was proud of our guys to hang in there. Obviously, offense has been really tough for us to come by lately, which is rare, but to have the big inning where we get a few good things going, we finally got a couple at-bats in a row where things were going our way," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said. 

The Astros lost three of four to the Yankees and went (4-6) during their ten-game home stand. Will Harris would allow the first three base runners aboard in the ninth, and Brad Peacock woud allow them all to score later in the inning. It was a tough loss that would outshine a step forward made by the Astros lineup. 

"We get some momentum, get a tack-on run, and then return the favor," Hinch said.

The last time the Astros had scored a run was Monday, 28 innings ago. With the bases loaded, a Marwin Gonzalez infield-single would end the dry spell. Brian McCann added another run with a single of his own, Alex Bregman would score on a passed ball and George Springer would drive in one more to cap the four-run inning.

Carlos Correa added a home run in the eighth, his fifth of the season. It was the first homer of the series for the Astros. Additionally, it was the longest home run hit at Minute Maid Park this season at 446 feet.

On the mound, Lance McCullers Jr. ran into some trouble early but made it through 7 innings with 108 pitches. In the second, seven Yankee hitters came to the plate and two would score in a 25 pitch inning followed by a 21 pitch third inning where another run would come across. After that stretch, Lance settled back in and did not allow another hit.

"I think a different year, maybe earlier in the season before I really committed to throwing all my pitches, it would have turned out differently. I may have not been in there as long," McCullers said. "I'm glad I was able to go seven."