No, it's not an April Fool's joke, it actually happened. The Astros defeated the Yankees on Tuesday night, 6-1 in front of 42,117 fans at Minute Maid Park to kick off the 2014 regular season. Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon may have the quote of the night, when he took to his social media page to react to the hometown team picking up a huge win.
It's isn't exactly a streak since the last loss was six months ago, but the #Astros had lost 15 games in a row.
That 15-game skid he referred to was the final stretch of games of the 2013 season, where the Astros simply fell apart over the final two weeks of the regular season.
Houston jumped on Yankees starter CC Sabathia early, as Jesus Guzman blasted a two-run shot to cap off a four-run first inning. LJ Hoes then kicked off the bottom of the second inning with a solo shot to give them an early 5-0 lead. The early damage was just too much for Sabathia to deal with. He managed six innings before getting pulled in favor of the bullpen. He was tagged for six runs on eight hits and giving up the two long balls in the loss.
Conversely, Scott Feldman was impressive for Houston. His 6 and 2/3 scoreless innings turned up just two hits for the Yankees. His performance matched with the early offensive outburst helped spark a much-needed start to the season for Houston.
Prior to the game, fans got to see a couple of familiar faces as former Astros and Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan returned to Houston and threw out the ceremonial first pitch. His catcher was none other than another former Astros player, Craig Biggio. The pitch was incredibly off-target, but Ryan joked about it afterwards by saying, "I tell ya...my catcher didn't even try."
Houston will try to capitalize on their stunning opener on Wednesday night, as they will host the Yankees at 7:10 P.M. Central. Jared Cosart will take the mound for the Astros, as he looks to improve on what was a shaky few appearances last season. He'll have a tough task ahead as he faces Japanese sensation Hiroki Kuroda. Among all Japan-born pitchers with at least 450 innings pitched, Kuroda holds the record for the lowest ERA at 3.40 for his career.