Yankees get doubleheader sweep of Astros as Domingo Germán gets crushed

Yankees get doubleheader sweep of Astros as Domingo Germán gets crushed

On a night with possibilities for confirmation, Domingo Germán only highlighted the question marks surrounding the fifth spot in the Yankees rotation with the injury to Luis Severino. Hitting the Astros on the road in your first start is far from a picnic, but even for those who tempered expectations, Germán’s first start of 2022 was a letdown. The score was 5-0, Houston, after two innings, and that led the Astros to a 7-5 victory, and a commanding doubleheader sweep of the Yankees.

Yordan Alvarez certainly did not take time to show that he is fully back after a short stay on the injury list. The mighty Astros DH took Germán deep to the opposite field to open up a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to a pretty grim pitch.

Germán would only last three innings in the game, allowing five earned runs on six hits (including an Alex Bregman homer). The right-hander was never able to get into a groove going through traffic from start to finish, and whether that was always the plan or not, his lack of length in the game opened up the possibility for the next man to take a crack. at this fifth point of rotation.

JP Sears was called up as the 27th man for this doubleheader and he entered in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Yankees bullpen some breathing room with six innings left in the game. While he didn’t have a scoreless night, it certainly looked a lot better compared to what Germán did.

Sears kept the Astros off the scoreboard through his first couple of frames, and that even gave the Yankees some time to get back into the game. Gleyber Torres hit a two-run shot into the Crawford Boxes in the top of the third inning, making the score a more manageable 5-2.

But in the bottom of the sixth, an error by Sears — the only hit he allowed over three innings — did the most damage it could, essentially taking the Yankees out of the ballgame. Sears went to the bottom of the order, throwing out Astros first baseman JJ Matijevic and proceeded to give up a two-run bomb to eighth-hole hitter Chas McCormick to give the Astros a 7-2 lead.

On the other side of the field, Luis Garcia again proved the quality and depth of this Houston Astros rotation. Garcia won his second start of the year against the Yankees, allowing just the two-run shot to Torres over five serviceable innings.

Aroldis Chapman entered an inning of work, and while the situation is far from the high leverage points of the closer role, he got the job done with a pair of strikeouts against the heart of the Astros order. Hopefully, with enough of these accomplishments, Chapman will build his confidence and slowly be able to contribute in bigger spots. The same goes for Jonathan Loáisiga, who threw a perfect frame for himself.

With Ryan Pressly on the paternity list, and with the Astros having used virtually all of their other high-leverage relievers, the Yankees had a chance to strike out against the middle and bottom of the Astros pen. However, the McCormick two-run bomb ensured that it did not affect the outcome of the game.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees made things interesting with an Aaron Judge mammoth three-run homer that sailed onto the train tracks, 410 feet away.

If nothing else, it forced Dusty Baker to bring in Rafael Montero for the final two outs. After a Torres single to bring the tying run to the plate, Matt Carpenter hit into a double play that gave the Astros the win.

The Yankees were swept, not only in this doubleheader, but in this “split series” that began with the standalone game in Houston on June 30, a 2-1 victory by the Astros. The Yankees went 0-3 in Houston in the 2022 regular season and 2-5 overall. Houston clearly outplayed them, and now the Yankees can only sit back and wonder what will happen if they end up with them in October — a problem for another day, but one that will remain on their minds for the rest of the season.

Next up for the Yankees is a three-game set in Baltimore against the 46-46 Orioles. First pitch for Friday night’s opener is 7:05 PM ET, with Jameson Taillon vs. Tyler Wells.

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