The Yangervis Solarte Show: Yankees 4, Astros 2

Everyone, come back from the ledge, the Yankees got their first win of the season!

Was it perfect? No. But it was just what the doctor ordered for all of us. Now we can go to bed happy knowing that there is no chance of the Yankees finishing the year 0-162.

Yangervis Solarte started for the first time in his Major League career and he made the most of it going 3-3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Before the game, he went around with a copy of the lineup card and asked his Yankee teammates to sign it for him. This was a very big deal for him and it’s nice to see that ended up he having a good game.

Derek Jeter also contributed to the scoring with a single in the top of the fifth that scored Solarte and put the Yankees up 3-1. It was Jeter’s 3,318th career hit which puts him one behind Paul Molitor for eighth on the all-time hit list.

Ivan Nova didn’t have a great game but was bailed out by four double plays. He found himself down a run in the first inning and the Yankees have now had a deficit in every first inning so far this season. (I know, it’s a whole three games.)

The Yankees took their first lead of the season on a Carlos Beltran sacrifice fly in the third inning.

Yay!

  • The Yankees scored four runs and the Astros only scored two.
  • Ivan Nova’s four double plays. Like I said above, he didn’t have his best stuff but as some people like to say, he was bending but didn’t break.
  • In the seventh inning this happened: “Yangervis Solarte singles on a pop up to catcher Carlos Corporan. Ichiro Suzuki scores.” That play helped the Yankees go up 4-2.
  • The bullpen did a nice job of relieving Nova. Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley and David Robertson combined for 3 1/3 innings of hitless ball with five strikeouts.
  • Robertson got his first save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Boo!

  • Nova’s final line wasn’t great. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, gave up six hits, the two earned runs, walked five batters, only struck out one and he hit two guys. Again, those double plays saved his rear end.
  • Alfonso Soriano is first Yankee to go 0-4 or worse in each of his first three games to start season since Graig Nettles in 1980 (per Katie Sharp)

More stuff

  • There was a slight delay because the umps weren’t sure of the count on Solarte in the ninth inning. Was it 3-1? Yes, it was. Then it became 4-1 because he walked anyway.
  • Solarte is first Yankee to have at least three hits and an RBI in one of his first two career games since Oscar Azocar in 1990 (per Katie Sharp)

And this happened

Jeter wanted to give a ball to a young fan and some lady tried to take it for herself. Adults are the worst.

The Yankees now travel to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays this weekend. Masahiro Tanaka will make his first major league start tomorrow night.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and is co-host of the It's About The Yankees, Stupid podcast. When she's not blogging about baseball, she's blogging about the New York Knicks and when she's not doing either of those things, she's tweeting about General Hospital and her cats.

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