Shocking lapses by Yankees’ two Gold Glovers a blot on stellar defense in Houston

Defensive miscues by two Yankees' Gold Glovers allowed the Astros to score a run in Houston on March 30, 2024.

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The New York Yankees’ defense experienced a costly unraveling in the bottom of the fifth inning on Saturday, inadvertently gifting the Houston Astros an additional run. This was in stark contrast to the immaculate defensive display the team made in the previous three games.

With one out and runners on first and second base, Marcus Stroman delivered a pitch that Yordan Alvarez made solid contact with. However, instead of a routine ground ball, the sharply hit ball took an unexpected trajectory, bouncing erratically well away from the first base bag.

It allowed the Astros to double up their lead from 2-1 to 3-1 causing apprehension among the Yankees fans about a potential dropdown by their team. However, Oswaldo Cabrera hit a two-run home run that tied the score to make a comeback for the Bronx Bombers. Later, Juan Soto’s first home run in pinstripes cemented the Yankees’ 5-3 win.

Gold Glove Yankees spring rare defensive leaks in Houston

The Yankees’ defense suffered a costly implosion in the bottom of the fifth inning on Saturday, inadvertently gifting the Astros an additional run. With one out and runners on first and second, Astros’ hitter Yordan Alvarez scorched a ground ball toward first base.

Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo fielded the ball cleanly and fired a throw to shortstop Anthony Volpe at second in a bid for a potential inning-ending double play. However, the throw was slightly off target, allowing Alvarez to reach first base safely.


Meanwhile, Astros baserunner Victor Caratini, who had advanced to third on the ground ball, took off for home plate. Yankees pitcher Marcus Stroman retrieved the errant throw from Volpe and attempted a quick throw home to cut down Caratini. Unfortunately, Stroman’s throw sailed over the head of catcher Austin Wells, allowing Caratini to score easily.

The wild pitch also enabled Alvarez to tag up and advance to third base. Despite the defensive miscues, Stroman managed to escape further damage by retiring the next two batters to end the inning.


The misplay in the bottom of the fifth was particularly frustrating for the Yankees, considering both Anthony Volpe and Marcus Stroman are recognized as defensive stalwarts. Both players have earned Gold Gloves at their respective positions (shortstop and pitcher), highlighting the unexpected nature of the sequence.

The defensive miscues weren’t isolated incidents. The game had already witnessed errors by both teams, with each squad benefiting from unearned runs. By the conclusion of the fifth inning, a total of four runs had been scored, but none were the result of clean hits or walks, underscoring the defensive struggles on both sides.

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