Fowl play: The Yankees may want to find a way to skip the first inning, which hasn't been a good place for them in the first two games. After CC Sabathia's problems in the season opener, it took Hiroki Kuroda just two pitches before he was down on Wednesday. Dexter Fowler took Kuroda deep.
In the third, Fowler tripled off Kuroda and scored on a Mark Teixeira error.
Settling down: Kuroda would not give up anymore runs and just one more hit. He finished going six innings, allowing just two runs on three hits. A very solid performance. As has often been the case in his career, he didn't get much run support.
On the board: In the seventh, the Yankees finally scored, but they could've had more. With no outs and men on the corners, Yankees manager Joe Girardi had spring sensation Yangervis Solarte bat for Kelly Johnson against lefty Kevin Chapman.
In his major league debut, Solarte hit into a 4-6-3 double play. A run scored, but there was no RBI.
Leaving men on: The Yankees failed even though they had many chances. They were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
In the third, Jacoby Ellsbury left Brian Roberts at second. In the fifth, the Yankees put two runners on, but Kelly Johnson and Ellsbury couldn't come through as they grounded out. In the sixth, Jeter walked and Brian McCann hit a one-out single, but Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano both struck out.
In the seventh, after the Yankees finally scored a run, Jeter left Ellsbury on second by striking out to end the inning.
In the eighth, the Yankees wasted Carlos Beltran's leadoff double with strikeouts by McCann, Teixeira and Soriano. Soriano has looked particularly bad so far.
Hit Man: Roberts had three hits, all singles.
Strong Pen: Young, hard-throwing right-hander Jarred Cosart shut the Yankees out for five innings before handing over to what is supposed to be a weak line for Houston -- the bullpen.
No Fans: The Yankees are routinely the biggest draw in baseball. The Astros jacked up the prices for this series. The result? An attendance of 23,145 for Wednesday's game.