I only caught the bottom of the ninth inning of Monday’s game, so needless to say I’m glad I missed this disaster. The Astros marched into Yankee Stadium and embarrassed the home team 9-1, knocking Andy Pettitte out of the game after 4.1 innings. He surrendered seven runs on ten hits, and from what I understand he was getting hit hard all night. Lots of rockets, few bloopers. Hopefully it was just an off-night. It happens.
The offense did very little against right-hander Lucas Harrell, who recorded 18 of his 19 outs on the infield. The Yankees managed to string together three singles to plate a run in the sixth inning, but the game was basically over by then. At least they didn’t shutout, I guess. Oddly enough, the top three hitters in the lineup went a combined 6-for-11 with a walk. Usually that leads to more than one run, but alas. Oh, and congrats to Vidal Nuno for firing three scoreless innings in his big league debut. That’s something he’ll never forget in an otherwise forgettable game.
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some additional stats, and ESPN the updated standings. Every team has a few clunkers like this each year, sometimes even against bad teams like the Astros, so just wake up tomorrow and move on. What else can you do? Hiroki Kuroda will look to turn things around against Phil Humber in the second game of the series on Tuesday night. RAB Tickets is to place to do if you want to attend.