Pettitte flirts with perfection as the Yankees win 5-1

Andy Pettitte carried a perfect game into the 7th inning last night against the Baltimore Orioles, but with 2 outs in the 7th Jerry Hairston Jr. ,who was playing third base to give Alex Rodriguez a day off, allowed a ball to go through his legs for an error, ending the perfect game. The next batter, Nick Markakis, singled off Pettitte to end the no-hitter. Pettitte would go 8 innings and allow only 1 run. Brian Bruney came in to pitch the 9th, and while he got an out, he had to make way for Mariano Rivera because he allowed two base runners to get on. Rivera got the final two outs picking up his 37th save of the year.

The offense last night was led by Nick Swisher, who was a triple short of the cycle. Swisher hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning to put the Yankees up 1-0, then in the 5th he hit a double to score Robinson Cano, 2-0 Yankees. In the 8th inning Johnny Damon singled to right to score Derek Jeter, and later in the same inning Robinson Cano hit a two run double, scoring Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira. Yankees win 5-1.

Since the All Star Break, Andy is 7-2 with a 2.56 ERA.

Since the All Star Break, Andy is 7-2 with a 2.56 ERA.

2 thoughts on “Pettitte flirts with perfection as the Yankees win 5-1

  1. There have been a few flirts with perfection by a few Yankee pitchers like Sabathia and Mitre and now Pettitte. You have to start thinking that with all these flirts one of these Yankee starters is bound to throw one. It certainly doesn’t have to be this season but a perfect game will be thrown by a man in pinstriped in the near future.

  2. Well, I don’t really remember when Sabathia flirted with perfection (I’m not saying you are wrong, I just forgot) and Mitre really didn’t go deep enough into the game to start thinking no hitter. You may feel that a Yankee will throw a perfect in the near future, but I don’t think that is likely, perfect games are extremely rare, and even the best of pitchers can go an entire career without even getting close to a perfect game.

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