HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Alex Bregman’s major league debut with the Houston Astros finished rather uneventful as the rookie finished hitless in an Astros 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park. The loss snaps a four game win streak for Houston.
Bregman, who had over 50 friends and family members in the stands, did flirt with a grand slam in his third at-bat of the night, but flew out to right field to end the sixth. Bregman struck out twice and went 0-4. While he had his struggles at the plate, Bregman looked very comfortable at third base with a few solid defensive plays throughout the game.
George Springer wasted no time getting the Astros on the board, launching the first pitch from Michael Pineda he saw into the right field bleachers, his 22nd home run of the season to give the Astros a 1-0 lead.
The Yankees rallied with single runs in the fifth and eighth. Chase Headley plated Didi Gregorious with an RBI single for New York’s fifth inning run.
In the eighth Austin Romine’s RBI double scored Headley from first for the game’s winning run.
Dallas Keuchel (L, 6-10) allowed just two runs in 7.2 innings of work allowing both Yankee runs and striking out five in the loss. Kuechel would get stronger in the later innings including striking out the side in the seventh after allowing a leadoff double
Pineda (W, 5-9) allowed five hits in his seven innings of work allowing only the Springer homer while striking out eight. Andrew Miller, who assumes the closers role for New York after Aroldis Chapman was traded to the Chicago Cubs earlier in the afternoon, pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.
The Astros will send Doug Fister (10-6, 3.42 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday night to face New York lefty CC Sabathia (5-8, 4.04 ERA).
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