Yanks fall to Mariners 6-2 in Andy Pettitte’s return
It was a joyous day in Yankee Stadium on an early Sunday afternoon as Andy Pettitte made his way to the mound. He knew that he was ready to take on the Seattle Mariners lineup and start his 2012 season on the right foot. Although he didn’t walk away with the win, Andy did walk away (somewhat) on the right foot. Pettitte had given up 4 runs in 6+ innings pitched but received the loss because the Yankees offense couldn’t get the clutch hit.
The Yankees had plenty of opportunities to score, especially in the 5th & the 8th inning. They started both those innings with the bases loaded and no one out, but all the Yanks could do was get 2 runs; both on walks. Derek Jeter grounded into a double play in the 5th and Mark Teixeira grounded into a double play in the 8th thus ending the Yankees rally.
Nick Swisher raised some eyebrows in the 9th inning when he tried to stretch a double into a triple and was gunned down at third. Swisher ended the rally in the 9th as Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez both flew out to end the game.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees head to Camden Yards for 2 games in which I like to call “their home away from home”. Ivan Nova will pitch tomorrow and CC Sabathia will pitch on Tuesday before the Yanks pack it up and head to Toronto.