Andy Pettitte had been struggling of late. His pitches had been up and he’s been getting hit hard. Some of his comments about his pitching were a little bit disconcerting to say the least. Maybe Pettitte has regained his form? Last nite, Pettitte went seven strong, giving up two runs over seven innings, as the Yankees beat the Royals 3-2.
Chris Nelson led off the third with double, and two batters later scored when Mike Moustakas committed an error on a ball hit by Robinson Cano. The Royals tied in the bottom half. Elliot Johnson singled, stole second, reached third on a groundout and scored on Lorenzo Cain‘s ground out.
In the bottom of the fourth, Billy Butler hit his fourth homer of the year to give the Royals a 2-1 lead. The Yankees took the lead for good in the fifth. Chris Stewart was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Three batters later, Vernon Wells hit his eighth homer of the year to give the Yankees the lead for good.
Notes: Curtis Granderson could be activated as early as Tuesday after going 2-4 last night in a rehab game in AAA. Mariano Rivera and Joba Chamberlain exchanged words in the dugout before the game. Rivera was talking to a family who lost a son while Chamberlain was talking to his own family. Words were exchanged between the two but nothing else was said postgame. The Yankees are now 7-1 in one run games.