A.J. Burnett's control was shaky through 2.1IP, but Segovia, Rivera, and Phil Hughes shut the Astros down, and Moehler had a pretty rough outing as the Yankees beat the Astros 4-1 last night.
Why They Lost
The Astros had tied the game up 1-1 in the third, but Brian Moehler gave up two runs (finishing the day with 6H/3ER in 3IP) including a homer to Mark Teixieriarasarxxaa. Combine that with the fact that the Yankees' pitching held the Astros to six hits (but hey, six walks, too). A.J. Burnett gave up 2H/1ER, but the bullpen threw 6.2IP, 4H/0ER. And the Astros were 0x11 with RISP, leaving 11 on base, and with two GIDPs.
We're not going to talk about Moehler, other than that he got four groundouts to three flyouts, and Moehler's Spring ERA is now 7.20. Casey Daigle wins the Reliever of the Day award, throwing 2IP, 0H/0ER, 3K. Chris Sampson and Josh Banks also threw perfect innings, while Shane Loux got tagged for two hits and a run. The Astros held the Yankees to 2x8 with RISP.
This is pretty easy to take care of. Hits came from Yordany, Keppinger, Pence, Blum, Castro, and Sutil. Keppinger got on base in all three plate appearances, with a hit and two walks. Jason Michaels left seven on base by himself in an 0-fer performance. Hunter Pence was 1x2 (double) with a walk and the lone RBI
0-fers (more than one AB): Bourgeois (0x3), Navarro (0x2), Romero (0x2), Feliz (0x2), Michaels (0x3), Maysonet (0x3)
Castro: 1x2, BB (.467)
Cash: 0x1 (.143)
Bourgeois: 0x3 (.083)
Yordany: 1x2 (.455)
Romero: 0x2 (.364)
Bogusevic: 0x4 (.071)
Navarro: 0x2 (.222)
Maysonet: 0x3 (.412)
Man of the Match
Casey Daigle. After Moehler got pulled having allowed six hits in 3IP, Casey Daigle comes in and strikes out three, allowing no baserunners in 2IP.
Goat of the Game
Let's give this one to Jason Bourgeois. Batting leadoff, he didn't get on base, struck out, and dropped his average to .083 (1x12, 2K:0BB).