The Yankees failed to sweep the Mariners, dropping the final game of this three-game set, 6-2. However, the story of this game was the return of Andrew Eugene Pettitte. After briefly retiring for a season, Pettitte took the ball and gave the Yanks 6 1/3 innings of four-run ball. Pettitte didn’t give up a hit through three innings, but gave up five hits in the sixth inning, including a two-run HR. Pettitte left in the seventh with the Yanks trailing, 4-1.
Overall, I really can’t be too upset with Andy’s return. Justin Smoak’s two-run homer in the fourth inning barely cleared the right field fence. Andy failed to cover first base on a grounder to Teix in the fifth, but was bailed out by Russell Martin, who nabbed the runner on a stolen base attempt. Casper Wells hit a home run off the right field foul pole in the sixth to increase the Mariner lead to three. Andy retired the first runner in the seventh before being lifted and receiving a standing ovation.
Andy’s fastball velocity was around 88-89 MPH while his slider and curve ball were consistently 81, 75 MPH, respectively. Pettitte gave up seven hits and walked three, but no one is expecting dominant outings from Pettitte. Andy gave the Yankees a chance to win this game and that’s all we can ask for. His next start will come on Friday against the Reds, so stayed tuned.