Andy Pettitte started for the Yankees and had absolutely nothing from the very beginning. Either his back was not 100% or he just had a very bad off night. He walked the leadoff man. After two singles, a walk, and another single the Rangers were up 3-0 before the Yankees took a swing.
Pettitte battled his way through five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, walked a season-high six batters, and struck out six. Of his 104 pitches, only 59 of them were strikes. After the game he said his back felt fine he just was never able to get into a rhythm and throw strikes consistently.
The Yankees offense couldn’t get much going against Scott Feldman and the Rangers pen. They scored one run in the first on an Alex Rodriguez RBI single. A-Rod’s next three at-bats were ones to forget about. With the score 4-1 in the bottom of the third, Feldman walked bases loaded with one out, and up came Rodriguez. He worked the count to 3-1 but swung at a borderline pitch and rolled it to third base for a 5-5-3 double play to end the inning.
A-Rod was also up with Johnny Damon on third base and one out in the sixth, but struck out swinging, leaving Damon at third. The Yankees added a second run on a solo homer from Jorge Posada in the seventh but the turning point in the game was the double play.
Derek Jeter’s 16-game hitting streak came to an end with his 0-for-4. The Yankees 3-4-5 hitters (Damon-A-Rod-Cano) combined to go 1-for-11 with a RBI and a walk.
Brett Tomko pitched three very good innings in relief out of the pen. He allowed just two hits and struck out three, while throwing 27 of his 39 pitches for strikes. And David Robertson also had a nice outing, pitching a scoreless ninth. He threw 16 pitches, 9 for strikes.
The Red Sox beat the Tigers so the Yanks and Sox are now tied for first in the AL East.
The Yanks look to take this three-game set in tomorrow afternoon’s rubber game. Chien-Ming Wang will make his first start since April 18th.