Sunday, May 13, 2012

Two Mistakes

On a day where Andy Pettitte made his highly anticipated first Yankee start of 2012, the Yankees ran into a wall while facing another veteran on the other side. Kevin Millwood flew under the radar but managed to out-duel Pettitte. The offense had two big opportunities to cash in but failed to do so after Jeter grounded into a double play twice.

Pettitte's start began promisingly as he did not allow a hit through 3.2 innings before giving up a home run to Justin Smoak that landed two rows into the left field seats. Pettitte mixed his pitches and got big outs, just like he has earlier in his career. His fastball settled within the 87-89 MPH range with most heaters going at 88 MPH. He got away from his curve which was a good pitch for him to start the game. His final line was 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB. 2 K, 2 HR.

The offense failed to support Pettitte in his highly anticipated return to the Yankees. They managed only one run against Millwood that came thanks to Russell Martin's bases loaded walk. Otherwise, the veteran right-hander fooled the Yankee bats all afternoon. Tomorrow, the Yankees begin a mini 2 game series in Baltimore where Ivan Nova will face off against Jason Hammel.

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