Kelly Johnson came to bat with the bases loaded and two men out last night in the seventh inning. The Yanks were behind 6-0. Johnson faced Kevin Chapman, a left-handed reliever, took a ball outside and then looked at two strikes–a breaking ball and a fastball, both on the outside corner. The next pitch tailed away from Johnson and when he swung the ball hit off the end of his bat causing it to sputter and spin. It looked like someone shooting marbles. Chapman fielded it on the third base side of the mound and threw home for the force to end the inning.
That weird, weakly struck ball summed up the Yankees’ opener. C.C. Sabathia gave up six runs in the first two innings and his fielders looked crisp enough to start for Chico’s Bail Bonds. Yes, Sabathia muscled his way through four scoreless innings after that, and yes, the Yanks strung together a bunch of singles in the 8th and plated a couple of runs, but there would be no comeback.
Final Score: Astros 6, Yanks 2.
The good news? There’s 161 left, and they’ll be back at it tonight.