Andy Pettitte allowed seven hits and two walks in the first three innings and it never felt like the game was getting away from him, did it? Had Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy done that, they would have been on the bench.
It’s the difference experience makes. “Andy’s done that a lot in his career,” Joe Girardi said. “He finds a way.”
Playing the Rays helps. Pettitte is 14-2 against them, 8-1 at Tropicana Field. The Kings of March are now 6-8.
Here’s Pettitte talking about his outing:
Meanwhile the Yankees still can’t put together two games in a row offensively. They left 10 men on base tonight, five in scoring position. They were 0 for 3 with the bases loaded and are an atrocious 2 for 15 on the season.
Jason Giambi is 3 for 32 with four RBI and is .094/.312/.286 through 12 games. They need the International League monster that is Shelley Duncan back in the majors, if only to have an option.
The Braves would be wise to sign Mark Teixeira before the season ends, otherwise the Yankees will be piling up bags of money on his front lawn come November.
That’s about it from the Trop. Another early morning flight tomorrow (the third in five days) and two days at home before heading off to Baltimore.