In an important victory for the struggling Yankees, Nestor Cortes made a strong comeback to the mound, setting the stage for a dominant display by the bullpen. The Yankees’ pitching staff worked together to limit the Astros to just two hits, with Cortes leading the charge in their 3-1 win over their rivals.
The Return of Nestor Cortes
Nestor Cortes made his first start in over two months and delivered an impressive performance, reminiscent of his All-Star season in 2022. In four innings, he only allowed one run and one hit, striking out eight batters and showcasing improved velocity with a 95.6-mph fastball.
Yankees’ Bullpen Shines
After Cortes left the game, the Yankees’ bullpen continued to dominate. Ian Hamilton, Tommy Kahnle, Michael King, and Clay Holmes combined their efforts to shut down the Astros, allowing only two hits and no runs. The Yankees’ relievers have been a standout strength for the team, with an impressive 1.04 ERA in their last 34 ⅔ innings.
Limited Offense Secures Victory
Although the Yankees’ offense struggled against Justin Verlander, they made the most of their opportunities. Anthony Volpe’s sacrifice fly and Jake Bauers’ home run proved to be enough for the win. Gleyber Torres added an insurance run with a solo home run in the eighth inning.
Promising Signs for the Yankees
Cortes’ return and the dominant performance of the bullpen offer hope for the struggling rotation of the Yankees. With recent setbacks like losing Domingo German and concerns about Luis Severino’s performance, Cortes’ strong outing is a positive sign for the team’s pitching depth.
Series Victory in Sight
With this win, the Yankees have taken two out of three games against the Astros and are currently three games behind the wild-card-leading Blue Jays. They have a chance to secure their first series victory since July in the finale against Carlos Rodon.
Yankees Find Encouragement
The Yankees’ victory against the Astros brings a sense of relief to the team and their fans. Nestor Cortes’ impressive return and the dominant performance of the bullpen offer hope for a potential turnaround in their struggling season. As they look to build on this encouraging win, their focus remains on improving the rotation and maintaining the impressive form of the bullpen.