While the starting pitching continues to impress, the Yankee hitting has sometimes slipped back to where it was before the 7-3 road trip. Yet somehow, someway, the Yankees find ways to win. For only the 2nd time in the club's history, they break up a no-hitter and win a game on just 1 hit. You can thank Starlin Castro for that. As a first year Yankee Castro had an opportunity to endear himself to the Yankees and their fans on Sunday when he blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning, breaking up a no-hitter by the Tamps Rays’s Jake Odorizzi and sending the Yankees on their way to a 2-1 victory.
The Bronx Bombers, , who were last no-hit by six Houston Astros pitchers on June 11, 2003, had done little to impede Odorizzi’s bid. They hit no threatening balls and had only one base runner until Brett Gardner worked an eight-pitch walk from Odorizzi with one out in the seventh. Castro then drove a fastball to the deepest part of the park, and suddenly the Yankees were ahead. As the ball cleared the wall, landing 421 feet from home, Castro stepped on first base with an ear-to-ear grin. When he looked to the dugout, there were all smiles too. The blast meant a series win.
Nathan Eovaldi, who pitched out of two big jams in the 5th and 6th innings, had something to feel good about after another strong start. He has allowed two runs in 18 innings over his last three starts. Eovaldi is starting to look like the clear choice as the Yanks number 2 man in the rotation. If only the hitting can consistently get it going, this could be another fruitful road trip. It’s off to Canada as the always tough Blue Jays are next.
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