In reality, the Astros could be the ones kicking themselves. They actually had the second game of the series in hand as well, leading 2-0 after six innings. If it wasn’t for Chris Young’s three-run homer in the seventh inning the Yanks might have dropped the series.
In Sunday’s finale, Michael Pineda was locked into a duel with Collin McHugh. The Yankees had a slight 1-0 lead and then their defense let them down again as Brett Gardner and Garrett Jones allowed an easy fly ball to drop in front of them. The ball was then kicked by Gardner, rolled to the wall and allowed Carlos Correa to round the bases and tie the score. This fed McHugh, who became virtually untouchable from that point on.
Now the whole game cannot be blamed on the one play as Pineda was hit hard in the seventh and eighth in which he allowed a run in each frame. The offense was the culprit here and besides the Young homer Friday and the nine runs scored in the third game of the series, the bats were relatively quiet.
It's not Gardner’s fault
The sleeping offense was not due to Brett Gardner’s play. He has been absolutely on fire over his last 10 games (22-for-45 with 15 runs, five doubles, four homers and 11 RBI) and went 6-for-13 with three doubles and three runs scored in the series. Gardner has a 1.026 OPS for the month of June. Hopefully, he can continue to produce close to these results when Jacoby Ellsbury returns.