Eovaldi and Yankees Shutout Astros

Nathan Eovaldi had his curveball working. Everyone knows about his mid-90s fastball but he had a number of hitters swinging and missing at his breaking ball. He also showed command, not issuing any walks in his four plus innings of work, though he did run three ball counts to three of the four hitters he faced in the second inning. Nathan allowed just three hits and struck out five in the Yankees 7-0 win.

Chase Headley got the scoring started with a solo shot off Scott Feldman in the third inning. The Astros just moved all four infielders to the right side of the infield after throwing out Brendan Ryan trying to steal. Chase beat the shift powering a 3-1 pitch over the right field wall. That is one way of beating a shift.

They added two more runs in the fourth. Alex Rodriguez started the inning with a single, poking it down the right field line. A single by Slade Heathcott drove in a jogging A-Rod, who was later removed from the game (not aware if one led to the other). If the Astros realized how slow A-Rod was running towards home they may have had a play on him, but perhaps A-Rod was trying to bait them. A wild pitch scored Rob Refsnyder with the second run of the inning.

The Yankees put the game away in the sixth scoring four runs. Brad Peacock started the inning and struggled. Back to back doubles by Stephen Drew and Rob Refsnyder scored one run. Chase Headley drove in two with a single. An error by Luis Valbuena allowed the fourth run to score.

The Yankees shut down the Astros. The only threats from their offense was putting runners on second and third in the fourth and ninth innings, but they failed to score in either inning.

Game Notes: Aaron Judge is a big boy with a power bat. Myworld does not see a lot of jump in his bat, putting him short of Giancarlo Stanton power. He stands at the batter’s box straight up and down, which gives him a large strike zone…George Springer had a rough day with three whiffs in three at bats. His replacement in the order Alex Presley also struck out…Alex Rodriguez made his debut at first base, making all the plays there. He was removed after only playing three innings worth of defense. Interesting that in the top of the inning he failed to hustle home on a single to right, but there was no throw on him…Jonathan Galvez dropped a ball in four territory playing left field. He is obviously more comfortable playing the infield…Robert Refsnyder continues to show a good bat with two doubles and a walk. He still needs a lot of work on his defense. Myworld has been impressed by the prospects the Yankees are putting on the field…Chase Headley finished a triple short of the cycle, adding a walk and a whiff to his five at bats…Eddie Rodriguez got a bat at the DH spot. He was born in Villa Clara, Cuba but went to school in Miami. He left Cuba with his family when he was eight years old, travelling by boat. He was drafted by the Reds in the 20th round of the 2006 draft…Michael O’Neil got a pinch hit at bat and struck out. He is the nephew of Paul.

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