Justin Verlander vs. the Yankees

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Career Night For Verlander Goes To Waste

Justin Verlander tied a career high but the bullpen was unable to hang on Tuesday night against the Yankees.

May 01, 2018 - 11:04 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - Justin Verlander threw another gem Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park against the Yankees. He struck out 14 batters which ties a stadium record for most in a single game, a record that Gerrit Cole reached earlier this season as well. Verlander would not factor into the decision due to a Gary Sanchez three-run home run in the ninth, and the Astros fell to the Yankees by a final score of 4-0.

"This game was sort of waiting for somebody to make a big swing in a critical spot and it felt like they got all the good ones," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said.

Justin Verlander had a base runner in each of his first 3 innings but then retired 16 in a row before exiting after 8 complete innings of work. His 14 strikeouts on the night ties a career high which he has done two other times in his career. The most recent time being against the Yankees in 2012. 

"As the game went along by curveball got sharper and sharper," Verlander said. "Overall, man, pretty happy with where I'm at. I think I talked about it after my last start, just trying to keep consistency."

After an immaculate outing Monday, Ken Giles had the opposite Tuesday night. He allowed four hits, one of them being the game-changing home run. Before this game, Giles had the longest streak of perfect appearances in Astros history not by allowing a base runner in seven consecutive games.

"I screwed up a win. We should've won this game, we should've bounced back. I didn't give our team a chance. Of course I'm going to be frustrated after that. This team deserves the best out of everybody and they need me to be the best that I can be," Ken said.