Yankees spoil Clint Frazier's debut with Dellin Betances' eighth inning meltdown

The New York Yankees give up four runs in the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park in a losing effort against the Houston Astros 7-6 on Saturday night. The loss is especially stinging considering the solid performance of Yankee prospect Clint Frazier who made his debut. The youngster went 2-4 with a key double that kickstarted the offense in the sixth inning, and he also hit his first career home run. Unfortunately the bullpen once again surrendered the game, costing the team a series win.
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Starters Jordan Montgomery and Francis Martes engaged in a pitchers duel for four full innings before the Astros opened the scoring in the bottom of the fifth inning. A lead-off walk came back to burn Montgomery as Yuli Gurriel hit his ninth home run of the season to put Houston ahead 2-0. The Yankees responded just one inning later putting up five runs thanks to a Didi Gregorius grand slam.
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The sixth inning started with highly touted Yankee prospect Clint Frazier hitting a double. Brett Gardner singled and Jacoby Ellsbury walked to load the bases. Gary Sanchez singled to bring home Frazier but it was the shortstop Gregorius that stole the show with his grand slam. The bomb gave the Yankees a three-run lead which the team would defend for the remainder of the game.
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The Astros started pecking away in the bottom of the sixth inning on a solo homer from Carlos Correa. However, the Yankees answered right back in the top of the seventh after Frazier smoked his first career big fly to put the Yankees up 6-3.
The game was lost in the bottom of eighth inning when Dellin Betances allowed the Astros to pull within one run. After striking out George Springer, Betances walked Jose Altuve who eventually scored on a Correa groundout. He then gave up a solo home run to Evan Gattis, closing the gap to within one run. His night ended after allowing Carlos Beltran and Marwin Gonzalez to walk to put the tying run and go-ahead run to reach base.
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The Yankees turned to their superstar closer Aroldis Chapman to close the game, but he couldn't hold the best team on the American League. Gurriel once again came up big for the Astros, doubling to bring in the game tying and winning runs for the Astros.

The loss puts pressure on New York who has not been able to get solid performances from the bullpen. New York still has the chance to start July with a series win on Sunday as Luis Severino takes the mound on Sunday afternoon.

Winning Pitcher: Dayan Diaz (1-1, 10.80 ERA) 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 K, 1 BB
Losing Pitcher: Dellin Betances (3-3, 3.12 ERA) 0.2 IP, H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Notables:

Clint Frazier: 2-4, HR (1), 2 R, RBI
Didi Gregorius: 2-4, R, HR (grand-slam 10), 4 RBI
Gary Sanchez: 1-4, R, RBI
Jacoby Ellsbury: 1-3, R, BB, K
Austin Romine: 1-4, K


Article by: Anthony Merced

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