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Pettitte goes out with a bang

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 28, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andy Pettitte

Mariano Rivera’s last game was emotional. Andy Pettitte’s was simply dominant. Delivering his first complete game in seven years, Pettitte retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced in a 2-1 win against the Astros. Pitching just miles from his home in Deer Park, he’d retired 11 in a row before a two-out single in the ninth. Joe Girardi went to the mound but left Pettitte in to finish the game with a ground ball to third. The start was vintage Pettitte. He allowed at least one base runner in each of his first six innings, but he also induced two double plays, got 12 groundball outs and limited the Astros to just one run. The Houston crowd was chanting his name in the ninth inning. When it was over, Pettitte slapped his glove and hugged catcher Chris Stewart. Trailing 1-0 in the sixth, the Yankees tied the game with three straight singles, the last of which was Robinson Cano’s 107th RBI of the year. Eduardo Nunez scored the go ahead run on a bizarre play when the ball slipped out of the catcher’s hand on a fake throw to second, letting Nunez dash home from third to score on a close play at the plate.

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