The Yankee bats have gone cold – just like the weather.
On a brisk night in the Bronx Friday, the Bombers fell to the Astros, 5-1, failing to bring a run home until the ninth. They mustered just four hits in the first eight innings.
Houston righthander Lance McCullers dazzled over six scoreless and struck out seven. His counterpart, rookie lefty Jordan Montgomery offered the worst performance of his young major-league career, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings while fanning seven.
The Yankees have lost three in a row.
PLAY OF THE GAME
With the game locked in scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Astros put runners on first and second with one out after ground-ball singles from Carlos Correa and Marwin Gonzalez. Former Yankee Brian McCann then turned on an inside changeup from Montgomery, plastering the off-speed pitch deep into the right field seats, just inside the foul pole. That made it 3-0, and proved to be the winning hit.
The Yankees threatened in the bottom of the sixth when Brett Gardner led off with a line-drive single to right, and Matt Holliday followed by reaching on a fielding error from third baseman Alex Bregman. But the Bombers went down quietly. Starlin Castro hit into a fielder’s choice before Jacoby Ellbsury ended the inning with a weak grounder to first. It was the closest the Yankees came to scoring until the final frame.
STAR OF THE GAME
McCann, who broke the game open with his second-deck three-run homer.
McCann has hit 47 home runs to right field at the Stadium since the start of 2014, his first season with the Yankees. It’s the most of any player during that stretch. Brett Gardner has the second-most with 29.
Aaron Judge, who accounted for two of the Yankees’ seven hits, including a missile double in the fifth that shot of his bat at 114.9 miles per hour.
Chase Headley, who went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts before being ejected in the seventh inning.
Saturday, May 13 vs. Houston, 1:05 p.m.
RHP Luis Severino (2-2, 3.40) vs. RHP Mike Fiers (1-1, 5.64)