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Monday, April 29, 2013
Astros Slug the Yankees
You would think that it was 2005 by how the Astros played the Yankees tonight. The 'Stros bombed Andy Pettitte and the Yankees. Pettitte went 4.1 innings, allowing seven earned runs- the most he's allowed in a start since July of 2008. I do not know how the Yankees prepared for the Astros but it sure seemed like they thought it would be an easy victory tonight. The Astros had other plans as they came out of the gate swinging and scoring. They scored nine runs against the Yankees and all the Yankees offense could muster was one run, leaving runners on base and grounding into double plays all night. Austin Romine could not get on the same page with Andy Pettitte tonight. Pettitte, who never shakes catchers off, shook off the young catcher. Either way, Pettitte left balls over the middle of the plate for these young hitters to tee off on and lost the game for the Yankees before it really got a chance to begin. Coming off a sweep of the Blue Jays, the Yankees were favorites to continue their dominance and roll over the Astros. The Astros are making life difficult for the Yankees as they take the first game of the series to make the Yankees play a game of catch-up. Lucas Harrell stunned the Yankees tonight, which accounted for them not showing up offensively tonight.
Hiroki Kuroda will try to get the Yankees back to winning ways tomorrow night as he goes against the 0-5 Philip Humber. The Yankees will have a bad taste left in their mouths from tonight and watch for them to come out of the gates swinging against Humber tomorrow night. It would be unacceptable for the Yankees to lose the series at home to the Astros, so they have some work to do over the next two nights at Yankee Stadium.