No chance for perfect record now.
WP Pineda (1-0)
LP: McHugh (0-1)
SV: Nova (1)
Backed by a first inning solo homer by Carlos Correa, Colin McHugh was ready to face the Yankees in the bottom of the first. He was awful. He couldn’t be blamed for the catcher’s interference call that put lead off hitter Jacoby Ellsbury on and opened the flood gates, but everything else was on McHugh. Walks, Singles, Doubles, McHugh seemed in an extremely inappropriate charitable mood. Finally after 5 runs had scored and only one out recorded, A.J. Hinch had seen enough and replaced McHugh with Michael Feliz.
Feliz didn’t make it too much harder for the Bombers but eventually retired the side allowing only one more run to score, making it 6-1 in favor of the Yankees at the end of the first inning. It looked like it was going to be one of those night. But, then for a moment it didn’t.
The Astros came roaring back in the top of the second climaxed by George Springer’s grand slam to pull the Astros to within one run at 6 to 5. For a moment it looked like we had a game, and then it didn’t.
The Yankees just kept scoring runs, ex-Cub Starlin Castro hit a three run homer to make it 9 to 5 after two innings of play, after three innings it was 12 to 5 in favor of the Yankees. Stayed that way ‘til Carlos Correa hit another bomb (460 feet or something) in the fifth inning to complete the Astros scoring, and making it a 12 to 6 ballgame.
The Yankees added a few more runs for good measure and Ivan Nova earned a four inning save pitching in relief of Pineda. It was a horrendous night for the Astros and McHugh particularly. McHugh is currently sporting a 135.00 ERA. Ouch.
Thursday’s game has a 3:05 CT start, Mike Fiers will face mound opponent homeboy Nathan Eovaldi. Friday the team travels to Milwaukee for a weekend series.