Andy Pettitte is finished in Trenton. I’d have to say this one was a success.
Pettitte went four scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, both singles, and struck out four. According to Mike Ashmore, Pettitte threw 51 pitches, 37 of them strikes. Joe Girardi made it clear that he was going 65 pitches or four innings, whichever came first, so it’s no surprise he left with such a low pitch count.
As long as Pettitte says he feels good postgame, this must be considered a significant step in the right direction.
As I’m writing this blog post, the Trenton game is still a scoreless in the fifth with Adam Warren coming in to pitch.
Out in Columbus, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has a 1-0 lead heading into the sixth inning. Justin Christian went deep off former Yankees prospect Zach McAllister. Meanwhile, David Phelps — another of the breakout prospects from this season — is so far dealing. As my great friend Donnie Collins points out, with no Jesus Montero in the lineup, P.J. Pilittere has already reached twice.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Make that 3-0 Scranton. Chad Huffman just hit a two-run shot of McAllister.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: 4-0. Eric Bruntlett solo homer. This is not the first time McAllister has let some balls out of the ballpark.
Thanks to Mike Ashmore for the Pettitte photo