In a year full of milestones and struggles for Andy Pettitte, this was the best way for him to go out. Tonight, in his home state of Texas, Pettitte pitched his first complete game since 2006, as the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 2-1.
The runs tonight were scored in weird ways. The Astros got their lone run in the fourth. Jose Altuve led off with a single. He moved to second a groundout by Matt Dominguez. Chris Carter grounded out to deep short and Altuve was able to come all the way around from second and score on it.
The Yankees got all their runs off Paul Clemens in the sixth. Chris Stewart led off with a single. During Curtis Granderson‘s at-bat, Clemens appeared to have a cut open on his thumb. Clemens got the cut taken care of and struck out Granderson, but it appeared to still bother him. Eduardo Nunez singled and Stewart moved to third. Robinson Cano followed with a single of his own to tie the game. Chia-Jen Lo would come in for Clemens.
Lo walked Soriano to load the bases. After a lineout, catcher Matt Pagnozzi appeared to try and pick off Cano from second, but instead spiked the ball and it allowed Nunez to score.
Pettitte kept mowing down the hitters. After two outs in the ninth, Chris Carter singled. Joe Girardi met with Andy and left him in and he would get J.D Martinez to ground out to third for the final out of the night and his career.
YGY Player Of The Game: Pettitte
Notes: Pettitte is the only pitcher to pitch more than 15 seasons and not finish any of them under .5o0. Alex Rodriguez won’t play tomorrow and his appeal for his suspension will begin Monday. Huff got the start instead of Hiroki Kuroda tomorrow due to Kuroda’s struggles down the stretch.