Andy Pettitte Victimized By Lack Of Run Support In Yanks Loss To A’s

July 25, 2009   ·     ·   Jump to comments
Article Source: Bleacher Report - New York Yankees

Andy Pettitte was breezing through the Oakland A’s hitters. He got through six innings of shutout ball.

The only problem was, so was Gio Gonzalez against the Yankees today.

Gonzalez and Pettitte were matching zeros across the board and then in the seventh inning, Pettitte couldn’t wiggle his way out of trouble and it cost him.

He left the game with the bases loaded and one out, gave way to Alfredo Aceves and Aceves was not sharp today, allowing three of Pettitte’s charged runs to score and two of his own.

The Yankees made a couple tries to come back with home runs by Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira to make it 6-4. Jorge Posada’s double play ended a ninth inning rally and A’s closer Andrew Bailey closed it out and ended the rally.

It’s frustrating because Pettitte was sharp today.

He went six and one-third innings and gave up five hits, four runs (three of which Aceves allowed), one walk and struck out seven while taking the loss.

Pettitte is 8-6, but has pitched better than that record. He really should be 11-6 or 12-6 at least. But when you are on the mound and don’t get any run support, it hurts the record, just look back to Pettitte’s last start against Baltimore. He should have won the game going seven and one-third and allowing just one run.

If Aceves doesn’t allow the hit to Landon Powell and the game stays 1-1, the Yankees probably win their ninth in a row, but Aceves gave the hit up, let the flood gates out and they ended up losing today.

Yankee fans should not fret though as this was only one loss since the break and the Yankees are still in first place and will look to win three of four now against Oakland.

But to give credit where credit is due, Gio Gonzalez pitched a very good game today for the visiting squad. Going six and two-thirds, he allowed just two hits, one run, while walking three and he struck out six to get the win.

Bottom line, Gonzalez pitched better today and got hitters out, so good job to Gonzalez today.

For the Yankees and the Yankee fans, you just have to have faith in Sergio Mitre tomorrow and go for the series win.

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