7/25/16: NYY 2 HOU 1

As if the Aroldis Chapman move wasn’t already brilliant enough, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller made sure that Yankees fans quickly forgot about the Cuban missile. With the Yankees leading 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th, Joe Girardi summoned Betances, who when Chapman was around, worked in the 7th inning exclusively. Betances struck out all three hitters he faced and Miller struck out one, later getting Carlos Gomez to bounce into a game-ending double play.

Offensive woes: For the third time in four games, the “Bronx Bombers” failed to score more than 3 runs, which is becoming a trend for the team. A Chase Headley bloop single tied the game at one when Didi Gregourious came around to score in the 5th. Later in the 8th, Austin Romine hit a double that got over the head of Gomez in center field, who appeared to get a poor jump on the ball. Headley came around to score and the two runs provided all that the Yankees needed to earn win number 51 on the season.

Stat So? With Michael Pineda’s 7 IP/8 SO/5 H/1 ER/2 BB outing, the pitching has been phenomenal. It has yielded just 14 runs in the last nine games combined, the fewest allowed in any 9-game span since July 1998. (H/T @ktsharp on Twitter).

Tonight’s Preview: The Yanks look to take the second game of the series as they get ready to face Doug Fister (10-6 3.42 ERA). New York will throw C.C. Sabathia (5-8, 4.04 ERA), who has yet to win a game in July and owns a 6.85 ERA in the month.

Tonight’s Lineups

NYY

  1. Brett Gardner, LF (L)
  2. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, (L)
  3. Carlos Beltran, DH, (S)
  4. Brian McCan, C, (L)
  5. Mark Teixeria, 1B, (S)
  6. Didi Gregorious, SS, (L)
  7. Starlin Castro, 2B, (R)
  8. Chase Headley, 3B, (S)
  9. Aaron Hicks, RF, (S)

HOU

  1. George Springer, RF (R)
  2. Marwin Gonzalez, 1B (S)
  3. Jose Altuve, 2B (R)
  4. Carlos Correa, SS (R)
  5. Evan Gattis, C (R)
  6. Alex Bregman, DH (R)
  7. Luis Valbuena, 3B (L)
  8. Carlos Gomez, CF (R)
  9. Jake Marisnick, LF (R)

Written by Alex Cammarata

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