When Andy Pettitte needed 42 pitches to get through the bottom of the first inning, it felt like it was going to be one of those games. You know the kind I’m talking about, we’ve dealt with them this past week during the five-game losing streak. They’re frustrating, maddening and not fun to watch.
In fact, I didn’t really want to sit through this game after Pettitte’s first inning but I toughed it out and after the Yankees lost a lead, tied the game, and were behind again, I still continued to watch because, well, it’s the Twins and the Yankees usually have good luck against them. I realize these aren’t your typical Yankees and that 2013 has been a strange year but in the end, everything worked out.
Robinson Cano got the scoring started right away with a solo shot in the first inning to put the Yankees up 1-0. Even starter Scott Diamond mouthed, “Wow.” when he saw where the ball landed (dead centerfield just beyond the 403 sign).
Then Pettitte had his awful first inning in which he allowed three runs on 15 hits. Kidding. It wasn’t 15, it just felt like that many. It started with a walk then a double and then it was a death by singles kind of inning. Pettitte wasn’t hitting his spots and he looked completely out of whack. Luckily, the Twins only scored three.
After that inning came to a close, Diamond set down the Yankees pretty quickly in the top of the second. Pettitte came out for the bottom of the second and threw seven pitches total. Pettitte threw the 42 in the first and then combined to throw 28 in the next three innings. It was amusing because people were declaring Pettitte’s career over after the first inning.
Of course, he didn’t pitch great, a lot of Minnesota’s outs were loud and he’s lucky his defense was actually playing well behind him.
Cano came up again in the third inning and hit a two-run shot to tie the game. It was his second multi home run game of the season and he’s the only Yankee player to have a multi home run game in 2013.
Joe Girardi took a chance and allowed Pettitte to start the sixth inning but that was a mistake because Chris Parmalee homered to open the inning and put the Twins up 4-3. Pettitte finished his night having pitched five innings while giving up four runs on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts. The two strikeouts were big because the first one tied Whitey Ford for the Yankees’ All-Time strikeout lead and the second one put him alone at the top of the leader board with 1,958. Ford had held that record since 1963. Pettitte’s 1958th strikeout was of Justin Morneau.
The Yankees broke the game open in the eighth and ninth innings by scoring three and four runs, respectively. They weren’t exactly killing the ball and the Twins actually helped them out a few times with some shoddy plays but the Yankees hadn’t scored in double digits in well over a month so tonight’s game was a nice change of pace.
Oh, and we got to see that Mariano Rivera guy pitch again. Remember him? It had been about a week since we had seen him.
- Cano in his last seven games: .480, 12-25 with three home runs and six RBI.
- Cano hit his 350th career double tonight.
- Joe Girardi notched his 600th career win.
- This is an interesting stat from Jeff Quagliata of the YES Network: Yankees with their 4th 10-run game of season in 82nd game. They only had 4 through 82 last year as well, but 1992 was fewest before that.