In just shy of 3 hours, Houston took tonight’s game 9-1, outhitting the Yankees 17-8. Former (temporary) Astro and tonight’s starting pitcher Andy Pettitte had a very rough outing tonight, allowing 7 runs off 10 hits, and throwing 91 pitches over 4.1 innings. His relief pitchers Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno (in his MLB debut) didn’t fare much better. Warren allowed 2 runs (a 2-run home run) off 3 hits to finish the 5th and 6th innings, and Nuno allowed 4 hits but no runs over the 3 final innings. It wasn’t very pretty.
Not that there were many people there to see the final few innings. The 34,000 in the crowd thinned to about 10,000, the few and faithful and ever hopeful for a last-minute rally by the home team. And honestly, the bright spots for the home team were few and far between, including the sole Yankees run, a Vernon Wells RBI single in the 6th, making Gardner the last batter (and only Yankee) to cross the plate all evening.
Recent call-ups Vidal Nuno and Austin Romine had the unfortunate luck of this game being their major league debut. Romine took his turn behind the plate, while the recovering Cervelli sits on the bench with a new plate in his hand for the next few weeks. Though he went 0-for-3 in the batter’s box, he seemed at home as backstop tonight.
Again, if you don’t have pitching, you don’t have anything. And tonight, we barely had defense, let alone basic offense, and minus strong pitching, the Yankees just weren’t having a very good day this Monday — a good case of the Mondays, I suppose. It’s not exactly lovely to watch, but it is what it is tonight. They can beat themselves up and the fans can jeer all the want, but tomorrow they have a whole new ball game to play and new opportunities to do something totally different. We can chalk tonight up to whatever we want, but honestly, the effort wasn’t there, so they couldn’t find a win anywhere in the Bronx.
The most interesting event of the day happened just outside the stadium earlier in the afternoon at the corner of 161st & River Avenue (the main subway corner right outside of stadium). A car hauler went under the elevated trains (for those who’ve been to the stadium, you’ll know that’s the track for the #4 train), which should be a normal thing, except the hauler was much taller than the 12’6″ allowed for traffic flow. The top car hit the overhang and flipped back, getting stuck on the overhang, snarling traffic around the stadium and delaying traffic on the 4 train. I think it was mainly cleared up by game time, but I’ve been on the snarling traffic side of getting to the stadium for the game, so I’m guessing some very unsuspecting people weren’t too thrilled with the delay either via the train or via car.
I’m thinking it was a good case of the Mondays all around in the Bronx tonight. Just one more sleep until a new day, fresh with new opportunities and new possibilities. It’s days like today that remind us why we cherish the good days, and do our very best to forget the “Mondays” of our lives. So here’s to a better day tomorrow… and hope for at least a better chance to redeem whatever happened on the field tonight.