Well, sometimes you have it and sometimes you don’t. Tonight was not Andy Pettitte‘s night. Pettitte only went 4.1 innings giving up seven runs as the Houston Astros, in their first appearance as an American League team, beat the Yankees 9-1. It was rough from the first inning on.
After getting the first two hitters out, Pettitte gave up three straight hits to Brandon Laird, Chris Carter and Carlos Pena to plate the first round. Ronny Cedeno followed with a walk and Carlos Coporan doubled to drive home two more.
The game stayed that way until the fourth. Corporan led off the inning with a single. After two outs, Jose Altuve followed with a double. Brandon Barnes then got a pitch up that he could handle and drove it to left for a double to make it 5-0.
The Astros really put the hammer down in the fifth. Carter led off with a single, and two batters later, Cedeno doubled to knock out Pettitte. In came Adam Warren who couldn’t stop the bleeding. Warren threw a wild pitch to allow Carter to score. Corporan followed with his first homer of the year to make it 8-0. Matt Dominguez followed with a walk and Robbie Grossman singled. Two batters later, Barnes singled to plate in the ninth run.
YGY Player of The Game: Wells
The Yankees look to rebound in their final April game. Phillip Humber and Hiroki Kuroda will duel at 7:05.
Notes: Hideki Matsui will sign a one day contract with the Yankees so that he may retire with the club. Matsui will always be remembered for winning the World Series MVP in 2009. Kevin Youkilis got an MRI on his back and it came back negative. The Yankees will decide on Tuesday as to whether or not he will be put on the DL.