Oswaldo Cabrera’s biggest offensive night powers Yankees to rout of Astros

Oswaldo Cabrera has four hits in the Yankees vs. Astros game on March 29, 2024, at Houston.

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Oswaldo Cabrera emerged as an offensive juggernaut for the Yankees on Friday night, powering them to a convincing 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Building upon his impressive showing in Thursday’s Opening Day contest, where he blasted a game-tying home run, he put on another offensive clinic, collecting four hits in five at-bats and driving in three runs.

Thrust into the starting lineup at third base due to DJ LeMahieu’s injury, Oswaldo Cabrera has wasted no time making his presence felt. His four-hit performance on Friday, coupled with his two hits from Thursday, lands him with a combined six hits in just the first two games of the season. This hot streak extends Oswaldo Cabrera’s impressive spring training showing, where he concluded with a sizzling .375 batting average after going 9-for-24 at the plate.

Oswaldo Cabrera’s offensive outburst continued into the eighth inning, effectively turning a close game into a blowout. Partnering with teammate Juan Soto, he spearheaded a late-game surge that solidified a dominant 2-0 start to the season for the Yankees. With this victory, they’ve secured at least a series split against the Astros in the four-game matchup.

Yanks rally again behind Oswaldo Cabrera’s first 4-hit game

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Oswaldo Cabrera got an unlikely starting berth on Opening Day and responded by hitting the Yankees’ first home run that tied the game helping him team to come back and win. In Game 2 against the Astros, he even went a step further with his offense and powered the Yankees to a resounding 7-1 victory over the Astros.

Down 1-0 after six innings, Oswaldo Cabrera delivered a clutch single off reliever Tayler Scott in the seventh inning, plating a run and tying the game. This pivotal hit epitomized his impressive two-game stretch, where he’s amassed a remarkable 6-for-9 record at the plate, including a home run, a double, and four RBI.

“You see all the teammates doing big things and just trying to show that we never give up,” he told after the game.

Reflecting on the team’s victory, Oswaldo Cabrera emphasized the collective effort: “We faced some adversity early, but we never gave up.” He acknowledged his personal contributions, mentioning his 2-for-4 performance with a game-tying homer on Opening Day as part of the team’s winning spirit.

The tide turned for the Yankees in the crucial seventh inning. Oswaldo Cabrera’s run-scoring single, combined with a bases-loaded walk drawn by Juan Soto, propelled the Yankees ahead. This offensive outburst capitalized on Houston’s bullpen woes after Cristian Javier’s dominant six-inning performance for the Astros.

The eighth inning witnessed a defensive meltdown by Houston. Errors from shortstop Jeremy Peña and pitcher Parker Mushinski on consecutive plays opened the door for two additional Yankees runs. Oswaldo Cabrera capitalized on the opportunity by driving in two more runs with a single up the middle, marking his first career four-hit game. He capped off his impressive night with another two-run single, further solidifying his value as the Yankees’ No. 9 hitter.

Manager Aaron Boone echoed the praise for Oswaldo Cabrera’s performance, calling it “absolutely awesome.” Boone lauded Cabrera’s ability to come up big in crucial moments, highlighting his offensive prowess and work ethic. He expressed his delight at seeing the player’s dedication rewarded with such success.

“It’s been awesome,” the manager said. “What can you say? He’s delivered in his first two games. He’s been right in the middle of everything. It’s so good to see him swinging the bat like this and contributing offensively like this because then he becomes so valuable. Happy for him. I know how hard he works.”

Juan Soto chips in at the best time for Yankees

Juan Soto's excellent debut helps the Yankees beat the Astros 5-4 in Houston on March 28, 2024.
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The New York Yankees continued their winning ways on Friday night, defeating the Houston Astros 7-1 to secure a commanding 2-0 series lead. Oswaldo Cabrera emerged as the offensive hero, delivering a clutch single that tied the game in the seventh inning before driving in two more runs with another single in the eighth.

Cabrera’s game-tying hit was just the beginning of a big seventh inning for the Yankees. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, Juan Soto drew a walk off reliever Rafael Montero to put the Yankees ahead 2-1. This offensive outburst capitalized on a shaky Houston bullpen after Cristian Javier’s dominant six-inning outing.

The tension rose in the top of the seventh when Astros reliever Tayler Scott hit Gleyber Torres on the hand with a 93 mph fastball. This loaded the bases, but Torres displayed grit by staying in the game for a short time despite the blow. He eventually exited due to discomfort, but his brief perseverance contributed to the scoring opportunity.

Reflecting on the team’s offensive approach, Soto, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk, emphasized the importance of quality at-bats. He highlighted the team’s focus on disciplined plate appearances, maximizing opportunities, and extending at-bats, an approach instilled during spring training and now proving effective in the regular season.

Soto’s defensive skills also shone brightly. Shortly after the Yankees took the lead, he made a spectacular sliding catch in right-center field during the bottom of the seventh, robbing the Astros of a potential scoring opportunity. This defensive gem exemplified the well-rounded performance by the Yankees.

Starting pitcher Carlos Rodon, who allowed only one run in 4 ⅓ innings of work, acknowledged the significant contributions of his teammates. He playfully praised a teammate’s defensive prowess, emphasizing the importance of their role in both fielding and pitching aspects of the game, though the specific teammate wasn’t named.

Despite battling discomfort from an ankle twist sustained earlier in the game, Soto assured everyone he’d be ready for the next matchup, indicating the soreness had lessened as the night wore on.

“I’m playing [Saturday],” he insisted.

As the final out was recorded, the stadium reverberated with chants of “Let’s go Yankees,” a testament to the unwavering support for the team on the road.

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