Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Astros beat the Yankees 5-1 to take the first two of a four game series in the Bronx. This series has drawn some national attention for the possibility of these teams meeting again in October. Through the first half of this May series, the Astros have been the dominant team.
Lance McCullers Jr. had an outstanding start consisting of six shutout innings. He also struck out seven New York hitters and did not surrender a walk. Lance also lowered his earned run average to just 2.98.
“He’s come into his own. I really feel like he’s taking that next step and learning how to not be max-effort and still get to the seventh, eighth innings. He’s a top rotation starter on anybody’s team. What he did tonight and last start, he’s just going to keep getting better and better I feel,” Houston catcher Brian McCann said.
McCann supplied more than enough offense for McCullers with a three-run homer in the fourth. Carlos Correa also continued his offensive surge with an RBI single in the fifth. And in the ninth, Josh Reddick drove in a run off fireballer Aroldis Chapman.
The season is close to being through 25% of its games, but this series has brought some excitement to baseball that tends to lack after April and before September. There is certainly a chance that these teams square-off in October, so this series is a breath of fresh air in an exhausting 162 game season. Without calling the series a ‘measure stick’, it can be said that at this point in time the Astros look like the more complete team.
“It feels great. Keep this winning thing going… With this team and how talented we are, we like our chances,” McCann said.