American League Game Summary - New York at Houston|
(Tuesday, April 1st)
Final Score: Houston 6, New York 2
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - On the night the New York Yankees officially
unveiled their big-ticket offseason additions, it was the Houston Astros'
lesser-known newcomers that shined the brightest.
Scott Feldman tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, Jesus Guzman smacked a two-run
homer and Dexter Fowler went 2-for-4 with two runs scored as the Astros handed
the new-look Yankees a 6-2 loss in the season opener for both teams.
Feldman (1-0), signed to a three-year, $30 million contract in December,
limited New York's star-studded lineup to a pair of singles in an impressive
Astros debut. He was backed by a big opening inning, capped by the ex-Padre
Guzman's two-run blast off CC Sabathia that staked Houston to a 4-0 lead.
"Any time you're going against a pitcher like C.C. Sabathia and runs you get
help are awesome. We were able to put six up tonight and that helped out a
lot," Feldman said.
Jose Altuve added a pair of RBI singles and L.J. Hoes drilled a solo homer in
only the Astros' third win in 16 all-time meetings with New York.
Sabathia (0-1) surrendered six runs -- all in the first two innings -- while
yielding eight hits and striking out six over six frames.
"I didn't want to overthrow and be all over the place, but I don't think
pulling back helped. I have to find a place in the middle where I can be
Derek Jeter, playing in his 17th and final Opening Day in Yankee pinstripes,
went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored.
Sabathia's problems began immediately, as Fowler socked his third pitch of the
night to the hill in center field for a double and Altuve singled the leadoff
man home two batters later.
Altuve soon landed on third after stealing second as Sabathia uncorked a wild
pitch to move him up another base, then beat New York first baseman Mark
Teixeira's off-line throw home on Jason Castro's dribbler to quickly stake
Houston to a 2-0 edge.
Guzman belted Sabathia's next pitch over the wall in left center to cap the
four-run outburst, and Hoes clobbered a changeup off the left-field foul pole
to begin the bottom of the second to increase the margin to 5-0.
Fowler, acquired in a trade with Colorado over the winter, legged out another
double later in the inning before trotting home on Altuve's second hit of the
Feldman, meanwhile, was completely in control, setting down 10 of the first 11
Yankee hitters until Carlos Beltran collected New York's initial hit with a
one-out single in the fourth. The right-hander proceeded to retire nine of
the next 10 batters prior to Teixeira's base hit with one out in the seventh.
The Yankees eventually loaded the bases, with Feldman hitting Brett Gardner
with a pitch and walking Brian Roberts to give way to Kevin Chapman, who
preserved the shutout bid by getting Kelly Johnson to bounce into an inning-
ending force play.
Brian McCann, one of New York's high-profile free-agent pickups along with
Beltran and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, finally got the Yankees on the
board with an eighth-inning single that plated Ellsbury, who reached on a
leadoff walk in front of Jeter's base hit. Teixeira followed with a single to
left to bring home Jeter and cut the lead to 6-2.
The Yankees went down quietly against Matt Albers in the ninth, though, with
Johnson's double the only baserunner in the final inning.
Jeter, entering his 20th season overall with the Yankees, missed the 2001 and
2013 openers with injuries ... Feldman joined Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, who
threw out the first pitch as the only hurlers to start Opening Day for both
the Astros and Texas Rangers ... For the first time since 1946 and 1947, the
Yankees had a different position player other than pitcher from one Opening
Day lineup to the next. Gardner started last year's lid-lifter in center field
but was in left for this game ... The Yankees have lost their last four
Opening Day tilts on the road and are 4-9 in their last 13 such contests ...
Sabathia drew his sixth Opening Day assignment as a Yankee, one shy of Whitey
Ford, Mel Stottlemyre and Ron Guidry's club record for a pitcher.
04/02 01:52:52 ET