Yankees 7-1 Astros: Cabrera leads late rally, Soto’s wonder run continues

Michael Bennington
Saturday March 30, 2024

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HOUSTON — Friday evening witnessed Oswaldo Cabrera delivering a season-defining performance for the New York Yankees, propelling them to victory against the Houston Astros with an impressive tally of four hits and three runs batted in. Additionally, Giancarlo Stanton contributed a solo home run, cementing the team’s commanding 7-1 triumph.

Despite an early scare in the second inning when Gleyber Torres exited the game due to a pitch hitting him, the Yankees maintained their winning streak. This 5-4 victory marks another impressive triumph following their remarkable comeback from a four-run shortfall in Thursday’s season opener.

Juan Soto emerged as a formidable force at the plate, tallying three hits and sealing the game with a crucial RBI via a bases-loaded walk during the tense seventh inning. Throughout six scoreless innings, opposing pitcher Cristian Javier kept the Yankees on edge before they eventually broke through his defenses in the seventh, clinching their second consecutive win.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Astros pitcher Tayler Scott (0-1) found himself in a tight spot. He walked Anthony Volpe and Austin Wells, putting pressure on with only one out. Oswaldo Cabrera then dashed Scott’s hopes with a ground ball single to left field, driving in Volpe and tying the game at 1-1.

But the tension didn’t end there. Scott’s following pitch, a 93.1 mph fastball, struck the wrong target – hitting Gleyber Torres‘ right hand. Torres fell to the ground in agony, halting the game for several minutes as trainers hurried to his aid. Remarkably, Torres decided to continue playing after the examination.

However, his time on the field was short-lived. Despite initially returning to his position at the beginning of the bottom of the seventh inning, Torres was eventually substituted by Jahmai Jones during a pitching change with one out.

With Torres sidelined due to the hit-by-pitch, Rafael Montero stepped into the spotlight. However, he faced an immediate challenge, issuing a walk to Juan Soto, who has led the league in walks for the past three seasons.

The Yankees seized upon defensive lapses by Houston in the eighth inning to extend their lead. With runners on first and second and one out, a wayward throw by shortstop Jeremy Peña gifted Anthony Rizzo a run, pushing the score to 3-1. The Astros’ troubles compounded as Parker Mushinski mishandled Austin Wells’ sacrifice fly, resulting in an overthrow at first base and another error. This blunder allowed Wells to reach base safely and another run to score.

Cabrera rounded off his remarkable evening with a crucial two-run single, widening the lead to a comfortable 6-1 margin. This stellar display followed a strong performance in the opening game, where he secured two hits, including a solo home run.

In the ninth inning, Giancarlo Stanton unleashed a towering shot off Brandon Bielak with one out, leading to a rapid departure of Houston fans from the stadium. The remaining spectators, a surprising contingent donning Yankees colors, erupted into a chorus of “Let’s go Yankees!” chants, transforming the stadium into a sea of pinstripes.

Taking the mound, Luke Weaver (1-0) showcased his prowess by delivering a solid performance, pitching 1 1/3 innings without conceding a hit. Yankees’ starter Carlos Rodón fought through 4 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and a run while issuing three walks. Making his debut on the big stage, 25-year-old right-hander Clayton Beeter sealed the victory for the Yankees with a flawless ninth inning, allowing only one hit.

On the Astros’ side, seasoned leader Jose Altuve ignited a brief rally with a leadoff double. He then crossed home plate courtesy of a two-out single by Alex Bregman, whose line drive to center field glanced off a diving Alex Verdugo.

The lineups

(Source: MLB)

Off the plate

The Yankees’ bullpen welcomed a fresh influx of talent, featuring newcomers Nick Burdi, Victor Gonzalez, Caleb Ferguson, and rookie Clayton Beeter, all making their debut appearances for the team. Together, they effectively silenced the Astros over 3 1/3 innings, keeping them off the scoreboard.

Beeter’s debut was particularly noteworthy, as he finally made his long-anticipated entrance into the major leagues. Taking the mound in the ninth inning, he confronted the heart of the Astros’ lineup. However, Beeter showed remarkable composure, dispatching the batters with ease, needing only three pitches – resulting in a single, a double-play groundout, and a flyout – to secure an impressive and efficient 1-2-3 inning.

The next

The much-awaited premiere of Yankees’ latest addition, Marcus Stroman, is scheduled for Saturday night’s matchup against the promising talent, Hunter Brown. Stroman secured a lucrative $37 million, two-year contract with the Yankees during the offseason, sparking excitement among fans as they anticipate his inaugural appearance donning the pinstripes.

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