The Yankees were beaten and beaten badly by the Houston Astros in a 9-1 loss Monday night when Andy Pettitte didn’t have his good stuff and the offense just didn’t show up.
Former Yankee Brandon Laird started a first inning rally with a two out single that was capped off by a two-run double by Carlos Corporan that made it 3-0. Brandon Barnes made it 5-0 in the fourth with another two-RBI double.
The Astros knocked Pettitte out of the game in the fourth and Adam Warren was greeted with a two-run homer by Corporan and a RBI-single by Barnes that made it 9-0.
The Yankees got their lone run in the sixth inning when Vernon Wells drove in Brett Gardner from third on a shallow single to left. They blew a bases loaded opportunity that inning, but down by eight runs at that point, with this lineup, and a comeback didn’t seem possible.
• Austin Romine made his season debut and it wasn’t a great one. He went 0-for-3, he had a runner steal a base off him (which isn’t easy to do with Pettitte on the mound), and a run scored on a play that was ruled a wild pitch, but very easily could have been a passed ball.
What was worse was that he and Pettitte weren’t on the same page at all. Pettitte was constantly shaking him off and he’s a guy who doesn’t do that often. He usually prefers just to do whatever the catcher suggests. Still, it was a first game and it’ll happen.
• Pettitte’s final line: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR. It was his shortest outing, besides the game where he broke his foot last year, since 2010. Aside from being out of touch with Romine, Pettitte was off all night consistently missing his spots. It was his only bad start so far this season and it was bound to happen eventually.
• Vidal Nuno made his major league debut and he was probably the best Yankee pitcher of the game. His line: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR. He could be a solid weapon if the Yankees can use him for multiple innings, against a lone lefty, and, heck, maybe even in a spot start or two. I’m getting ahead of myself though. It’s just his first appearance.
• Adam Warren had a rough appearance His line: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. He hadn’t pitched in a week and only pitched once in three weeks.
• The Yankees entire offense was their 1-2-3 hitters in their lineup. Brett Gardner, Robinson Cano, and Vernon Wells each had two hits and went a combined 6-for-11 with a run. The rest of the lineup went 2-for-20. Nobody had any extra-base hits and they hit into four double plays.
• Houston’s starting pitcher, Lucas Harrell, was a righty so there’s no excuse there. He had just two quality starts in the last five games, but manhandled the Yankees 4-9 hitters.
(April 28, 2013 – Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America).