(Whitest high five ever. Courtesy of Getty Images)
The Yankees got Andy Pettitte back for the second time in the 2013 season last night. That's a frightening thought with 105 games still on the schedule, but a welcome return given the state of the team's performance right now. In an effort to give the offense a boost, the Yanks got creative with their roster again, choosing to send Brennan Boesch back down to Triple-A and go with Lyle Overbay as the starting right fielder for the first time in his Major League career. He got a workout in right, much to the early amusement of his teammates. In the end, it was the shaky return outing for Andy and a team victory that were the big stories.
- Andy had stuff but spotty command early. He worked around 2 on/1 out in the 2nd, and couldn't repeat the feat in the 3rd, giving up a run on a Nick Swisher RBI groundout.
- You don't think of Reid Brignac and Austin Romine as rally starters, but that's just what they were in the bottom of the 3rd with a pair of leadoff singles. After a 4-pitch walk to Brett Gardner, Justin Masterson threw 2 bad fastballs in a row. Robinson Cano grounded out on the first, Mark Teixeira lined the second into the first row of the right field seats for a grand slam and a 4-1 lead.
- We'll never know for sure, but the delay in getting Asdrubal Cabrera off the field after his injury in the 4th seemed to shake Andy. He threw 9 straight balls to load the bases before giving up a hotshot double down the third baseline to tie the game. He was out of the game before he got out of the 5th.
- Romine was right in the middle of it again in the bottom of the 6th when Masterson pretty much fell apart. The big hit was Brett Gardner's 2-out, 2-run single up the middle on another early-count swing at a fastball.
- Big and confidence-boosting solo HR from Travis Hafner in the 7th to knock Masterson out and give the bullpen an extra insurance run. Hopefully that's the sign of good things to come for Pronk.
- Oh yeah, the bullpen. Not that they needed any more insurance runs. Shawn Kelley, Joba, D-Rob, and Mo combined to throw 4.1 innings of scoreless ball, giving up just 1 hit in the process and striking out 5.
- Romine: 2-3, 2 R, 1 SB. Nice little night at the plate for Romine, who's starting to look a little better, and a very good night behind the plate. He had to move quick and make a lot of nice blocks with a shaky Andy and handled it well.
- Teix: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 LOB. It was just one swing, but it was hands down the best swing we've seen from Teix he came off the DL on Friday. He was looking fastball, he got fastball, and he ripped it.
- Pettitte: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. When he gets staked to an early 3-run lead and gives it back in just a few innings, you know something is wrong with Andy. The ESPN guys seemed to think he hurt himself again on one of his early pitches during his 9-ball wild streak. Certainly hope that's not the news we get in the next day or so.
- Cano: 1-5, 1 R, 5 LOB. This game could have been a lot less close if Robbie would have come through. He had plenty of chances to drive in runs tonight and didn't come through in a single one. 2 of his 5 individual LOB came with 2 outs.
The Yanks look to build on last night's win tonight when David Phelps and Scott Kazmir square off. Yes, Kazmir is still around.