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Sonny Gray (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

MLB Weekly Recap: Stay Hot! The Yankees Are on A Tear

Monday 4/30: at Houston Astros (L 1-2, 18-10)

It was a tough luck loss for the Yankees and starter Sonny Gray in Houston on Monday. New York saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end at the heels of the Astros, whom eliminated the Yankees from the 2017 American League Championship Series. Gray looked as good as he has all season long, firing six strong and permitting just two runs on four hits and three walks. The Astros pitching was downright dominant and it all started with Charlie Morton. Morton struck out ten over 7.2 innings of one run baseball. Gleyber Torres scored on a first-pitch Brett Gardner single off reliver Chris Devenski on a line drive to right field in the top of the eighth. Three walks, three hits and that lone run was all the offense that the ‘bombers’ could muster against Houston in this contest. Dellin Betances and Jonathan Holder pitched fantastic in relief of Gray, as they both seem to be righting the ship.

Tuesday 5/1: at Houston Astros (W 4-0, 19-10)

Gary Sanchez’s monstrous ninth inning three-run blast off of Astros closer Ken Giles proved to be the difference in New York’s 4-0 shutout of the defending World Series champions. Houston starter Justin Verlander pitched close to perfect, striking out 14 Yankees across eight shutout innings. He permitted just three hits and no walks before giving way to Giles. The closer blew up, allowing four earned runs on four hits in just 0.1 innings pitched. The fourth and final Yankees run came across the plate on a Wil Harris wild pitch to Tyler Austin. Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery threw a perfect first inning, then left due to injury. Domingo German, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman filled in an all pitched masterfully. The five relievers allowed just one walk and six hits over eight scoreless innings. 13 Astros were stuck out over that span (three by each Chapman and Betances, and two by Robertson).

Wednesday 5/2: at Houston Astros (W 4-0, 20-10)

Luis Severino tossed the Yankees first complete game of the season and his career, leading his team to their second shutout of the Houston Astros in as many nights. Sevy stifled the defending World Series champs, allowing just five hits and one walk. He struck out ten and lowered his ERA to 2.11. Giancarlo Stanton accounted for the vast majority of New York’s offense as he notched three of the Yankees nine hits and drove in all four RBI’s. Stanton smacked two home runs in the first and fourth inning off Astros starter Dallas Keuchel. He later drove in the fourth and final run of the contest in the top of the eighth on a line drive double to right field.

Thursday 5/3: at Houston Astros (W 6-5, 21-10)

In what proved to be an incredible team win, the New York Yankees rallied for three-runs in the top of the ninth inning to finish off a four-game series win at Houston. Masahiro Tanaka cruised through six innings of scoreless baseball. Tanaka was given an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a Ronald Torreyes RBI single and Gleyber Torres sacrifice fly. That lead was extended to 3-0 the very next inning on a Neil Walker RBI single. In the bottom of the seventh trouble ensued. Yuli Gurriel and Josh Reddick both led-off with bloop seeing-eye base hits and Alex Bregman was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Chad Green would enter the game and allow every inherited runner to score via two RBI singles, a wild pitch, and a fielder’s choice. Carlos Correa extended Houston’s lead to 5-3 with a solo-homer off Green in the next frame. In the top of the ninth a furious Yankees rally broke out, starting with a Neil Walker walk, then a pair of singles by Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks to load the bases. After reliver Will Harris was replaced by Brad Peacock, the rookie Torres plated Walker and Andujar with a game-tying two-RBI single. Hicks would also later score and give New York a 6-5 advantage on an Aaron Judge fielder’s choice. Aroldis Chapman entered in the ninth and closed the door by striking out three and picking up his seventh save in as many opportunities.

Friday 5/4: vs Cleveland Indians (W 7-6, 22-10)

Miguel Andujar led New York to a series opening victory via a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning off Indians closer Cody Allen. There was no shortage of power in the contest as Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez all homered to give the Yankees an early 5-0 lead. That lead dissipated due to an abysmal performance by Chasen Shreve. Shreve didn’t record an out and let up four earned runs on three hits and a walk. David Robertson entered to clean up the mess and blew the save by allowing a two-run homer Jose Ramirez. Miguel Andujar would score in the bottom of the eighth on a bases-loaded Judge walk to give the Yankees a 6-5 advantage, however, Aroldis Chapman blew his first save of the season the following frame. CC Sabathia took the mound and was nothing short of excellent. The southpaw fired six scoreless, struck out seven and permitted just three hits. Dellin Betances struck out two in his scoreless inning of work.

Saturday 5/5: vs Cleveland Indians (W 5-2, 23-10)

Sonny Gray, Chad Green and David Robertson were all fantastic on Saturday afternoon. Gray fired six innings of four-hit, two-run baseball. He did walk two but struck out seven Indians during his second consecutive quality start. Green struck out four over two-perfect innings of work, and Robertson struck out two in the ninth and recorded his first save of the season. New York scored four in the bottom of the fifth on a bases-loaded walk by Austin Romine, two errors by Francisco Lindor (on one play), and a sac-fly from Brett Gardner. Gardner would extend the lead to three in the bottom of the seventh inning on a RBI single to left.

Sunday 5/6: vs Cleveland Indians (W 7-4, 24-10)

Rookies Gleyber Torres and Domingo German shared the spotlight in Sunday’s sweep-clinching victory over Cleveland. German kicked off the matinee by throwing six no-hit innings. In his first major league start, Domingo walked two and struck out nine Indians. Torres capped off a furious Yankee four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth with a three-run walk-off home run. New York scored a combined seven unanswered runs in the eighth and ninth to earn their sixth consecutive win, and 15th victory in 16 contests.

On Deck

Monday 5/7: Scheduled off day

Tuesday 5/8: vs Boston Red Sox, 7:05 pm

Wednesday 5/9: vs Boston Red Sox, 7:05 pm

Thursday 5/10: vs Boston Red Sox, 7:05 pm

Friday 5/11: vs Oakland Athletics, 7:05 pm

Saturday 5/12: vs Oakland Athletics, 1:05 pm

Sunday 5/13: vs Oakland Athletics, 1:05 pm