Andy Pettitte had about as great a start as one can have, but the bats were non-existent and the Yanks phell to the Phils 7-1 in the rubber match on Thursday night.
Pettitte went seven innings and gave up just three runs — two earned — on six hits while fanning seven and walking three. He got out of a HUGE bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning and made some history in the process. On the 32nd anniversary of Ron Guidry striking out 18 batters in one game, Pettitte passed Louisiana Lightning for second place on the franchise K list with his 1,784th punchout (not including the 428 he amassed with Houston). He needs just 173 more to pass Whitey Ford for the most all-time in pinstripes.
The ageless lefty also allowed just his eighth homer of the year (in 87 1/3 innings) — a two-run jack by Victorino in the fifth.
They’re a good team, they were in the World Series last year so you know they’re going to be a tough opponent. Their guy just threw a great game against us tonight, he kept us off-balance…I felt good, I wasn’t wholeheartedly behind the pitch I threw to Victorino. I tried to run a cutter, I usually don’t want to go down and in with that ball but I tried to slide step and throw one in the inner half and run it up on his hands and he somehow kept it fair and that was pretty much the ballgame right there. It was a poor decision.
The offense didn’t do him any favors, collecting just four hits — all singles — with two of them coming from Cano. The O made Kyle Kendrick look like Nolan Ryan, as Kendrick fanned three batters the first time through the order — his season high is four — including the first two he faced. Granted, he finished with just those three but coming in he had seen 274 non-pitchers and struck out just 28 of them (stat courtesy of Mike Axisa at RAB).
It seems like the only one hitting is Cano, who has a 10-game hitting streak and is 18-for-39 (.462) with two homers and six RBI over that span. Prior to those two hit-less games in Toronto, he had a 17-game hitting streak going and has now hit in 27 of his last 29 games. His line is a dead sexy.372/.416/.617 and he has 97 hits on the year.
Cervelli, on the other hand, has been exposed since he started playing everyday. Coming into Thursday’s action, in 101 plate appearances since May 15 he was hitting .198/.306/.222 with 15 RBI and 11 walks. Though despite his recent struggles he still owns a .333 OBP, which is solid considering the “slump” he is in.
We didn’t really get anything going offensively. That’s why you play the games…(Kendrick) threw well, his ball moved all over the place, he has a good changeup and he was tough on us. You have to make adjustments, we weren’t able to make adjustments.
I think he gets too much of the middle of the plate. He gives up a leadoff double and they execute a play well, and then he walks Victorino. I think any time a pitcher doesn’t throw the ball where he wants to you could say it’s a mechanical issue…They want to stay down and away and in on the hands, but it’s always a fine line.