The Yankees took a 6-0 lead in less than two innings, and that early lead — featuring a Brian McCann grand slam and a two-run homer from Chris Young — frustrated Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer a good deal. So much so that he threw a fastball inside to Alex Rodriguez with seeming intent to hit him. Home plate umpire Rob Drake thought so anyway and he tossed Oberholtzer, which ended up being a favor to the Astros. Roberto Hernandez came in after that and pitched three and two-thirds innings of shutout ball, during which time the Astros chipped back against an ineffective Masahiro Tanaka to tie it up 6-6 by the end of the fifth inning.
In the eighth the Yankees put two men on and Mark Teixeira hit a two-run double to break the tie. Chase Headley hit a solo shot in the ninth to add some insurance.
After the game Oberholtzer was optioned to Triple-A Fresno. Which marks the first time in history someone was punished for going after A-Rod rather than praised.
The rest of the results on a soggy Saturday:
Yankees 9, Astros 6
Rangers 4, Blue Jays 0
Twins 5, Brewers 2
Royals 3, Athletics 2
Pirates 8, Braves 4
Giants 7, Rockies 5
Marlins 3, Dodgers 2
Rays 4, Red Sox 1
Angels 4, Mariners 2
Cardinals 8, Cubs 1
Padres 7, Diamondbacks 2
Reds 1, Mets 1: SUSPENDED
White Sox vs. Tigers: POSTPONED
Nationals vs. Phillies: POSTPONED
Indians vs. Orioles: POSTPONED
Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer has had better Saturdays. First, he allowed six runs on two home runs — including a grand slam — to the Yankees early in his outing. Then, in frustration, he intentionally threw a fastball at Alex Rodriguez, which earned him an ejection from home plate umpire Rob Drake.
Now, he’s been optioned to Triple-A Fresno. The Astros will announce a corresponding move on Sunday. According to Julia Morales of ROOT Sports, it sounds like Oberholtzer’s frustration played a role in his demotion:
Oberholtzer, 25, had pitched well prior to Saturday’s disaster, carrying a 2.81 ERA with a 23/13 K/BB ratio over 32 innings. The lefty had been dealing with a blister issue throughout the season.
Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer was not having a good afternoon at home against the Yankees on Saturday. He served up an upper-deck home run to right field in the first inning to Brian McCann, then surrendered a one-out, two-run blast to Chris Young in the second.
Frustrated, Oberholtzer’s next pitch was a fastball inside to Alex Rodriguez, nearly hitting the DH. Home plate umpire Rob Drake immediately ejected a remorseless Oberholtzer, who walked off the mound without an argument.
Roberto Hernandez entered the game in Oberholtzer’s place, eventually walking Rodriguez before escaping the inning unscathed.
Oberholtzer should end up with a fine and/or a suspension when the dust settles.
Felix Hernandez had the worst start of his career last night and the Mariners couldn’t get anything going against Brett Oberholtzer, so manager Lloyd McClendon decided to let catcher Jesus Sucre pitch the eighth inning of a lopsided game. He allowed one hit, but only needed seven pitches to get out of the inning and topped out at 90.5 mph according to Brooks Baseball. Not bad at all:
One of my favorite things about position players pitching is that they regularly attempt to act like this is business as usual while fighting off a grin. Sucre was no different.
Astros right-hander Scott Feldman is expected to miss six weeks following surgery to repair a torn mensicus in his right knee.
Feldman, who’s in the second season of a three-year, $30 million deal, started 10 games with a 4.80 ERA and 37/14 K/BB ratio in 60 innings before the injury. He had a 3.74 ERA in 29 starts for Houston last year.
Brett Oberholtzer figures to take Feldman’s rotation spot and the Astros added Double-A call-up Michael Feliz to the roster for bullpen help.