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Andy Pettitte beats Reds with eight scoreless innings

May 18, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

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It didn’t take Andy Pettitte long to find his mojo. He struck out nine in eight scoreless innings Friday as the Yankees beat the Reds 4-0 in the second start of his comeback.

The Reds’ dysfunctional offense was no better tonight with designated hitter Ryan Ludwick batting in Bronson Arroyo‘s place. Manager Dusty Baker’s switch putting Zack Cozart in the leadoff spot last month has produced disastrous results, yet he remains too stubborn to try something new. Cozart went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts tonight. The top five hitters in the Cincinnati lineup were a combined 1-for-15 with 10 strikeouts.

Pettitte excelled from the start tonight, just as he did five days ago against the Mariners. This time, he was able to keep it going through the middle innings. All four hits he allowed were singles, and he struck out just one. Unfortunately, the strikeouts did add to his pitch count, and at 115 pitches after eight, he wasn’t given the chance to go for his first shutout (or complete game of any type) since 2006. It was the first time since July 8, 2008 against the Rays that he finished an outing with eight scoreless innings.

Pettitte is expected to face the Royals next Wednesday in his third start back. Just like the first two, it will come at home in Yankee Stadium.

  1. jimbo1949 - May 18, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    The Reds’ dysfunctional offense was matched by the Yankees for most of the game. They had bases loaded and nobody out in the sixth and failed to score. Good thing Baker kept Arroyo in for the eighth.

    • RickyB - May 18, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      After retiring Jeter to start the 8th, Arroyo had thrown 84 pitches and was well in control. While Baker certainly has a penchant for allowing starters to throw too many pitches, he had no reason to lift Arroyo (or have anyone warming in the pen) until all the damage was done. Cano bomb with two outs, ARod single on the next pitch, Ibanez a line-drive homer. I loathe the fact you made me become an apologist for Baker.

      • metalhead65 - May 18, 2012 at 11:48 PM

        so your telling me that it was ok to send arroyo back out in 8th even though he had not pitched that far this year with nobody warming up up should he run into trouble?he threw how many pitches to get out of a bases loaded jam? even with 2 outs when cano hits that home somebody has to be ready to come in if the next guy gets on and surprise he does! what is the point of taking him out of the game after the second homer? game was over why not let his ERA go even higher until he gets the 3rd out? classic dusty move,wait until the damage is done then take the pitcher out. maybe the offense would be a little better if he batted votto and bruce back to back but that goes against the dusty book doesn’t it? can’t have your 2 best hitters together because of the lefty lefty rule right? what you mean there is no rule in baseball against that? that you can bat 2 left handed hitters like that? well not according to the book of dusty!

  2. Aaron - May 18, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Not that it would have changed anything for the Reds, but Miguel Cairo was the DH, not Ludwick.

    • metalhead65 - May 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      yeah to bad ludwick has a bruised elbow from getting hit by a knuckle ball pitcher! because they throw so hard you know. wonder how dusty had to explain that to him instead of just saying you suck so you won’t be playing this weekend! but hey reds fans help may be on the way! they are in talks to sign 40 year old melvin mora! yea that will solve all their problems on offense!

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 19, 2012 at 12:09 AM

        Let me take a baseball and throw it at your elbow at 60 mph and then you tell me it’s not thrown very hard. You are a windbag who has nothing better to do than to second guess MLB managers. Just because you made third team all district in high school doesn’t mean are qualified make that call. Get back in your basement and tell your mommy to bring you your meatloaf and continue to download increasingly disturbing porn.

  3. gotampabay52 - May 19, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    We were merely freshmen……

    • metalhead65 - May 19, 2012 at 1:19 AM

      and you brokeass are just a never was or will be wanna be internet tough guy. ooh look at my user name I am a bad ass, you would piss your pass if you ever came across a real gangster. I have forgotten more about the sport than you ever will know so stfu!

      • aceshigh11 - May 19, 2012 at 1:29 AM

        I believe you responded to the wrong post.

  4. aceshigh11 - May 19, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    That is an impressive return to form, regardless of the team he was pitching against.

    I’ve always admired Pettitte even though I’m a Sox fan. He has a great feel for using finesse and pitch selection intelligently rather than relying on brute force.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Go get your shinebox

      • aceshigh11 - May 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        Oh, what a zinger. At least you chose a great movie to quote, and you didn’t botch the line.

        That makes you only 99.9% despicable in my book.

        Or are you just mad that I don’t have the unhinged, psychotic hatred for the Yankees that you have for the Red Sox?

      • pullinteeth - May 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        Aces – I usually stay on topic but both of yalls posts annoyed me. It is a great movie. But the quote dirtyharry used was irrelevant, improperly used (makes no sense in context) and u are wrong about him not botching it… It’s Goodfellas… So he is most definitely leaving out an F Bomb before the word shinebox. Look it up on YouTube. Every other word in the movie is 4 letters and Joe pesci says most of them. He beat someone with an old rotary phone too. Way cooler than yalls silly comments bastardizing a great movie. Now… Back to baseball please. Thank u. Not trying to be a tool, just hate it when movies ate misquoted and u even gave him credit for getting it right. Maybe if they did an edit to show it on Nickelodeon or Disney channel. LOL. Play Ball!

  5. whodeytn - May 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Dusty is running this team into the ground. Plain and simple.

  6. bigharold - May 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Hey, … the Reds didn’t score at all so all the second guessing about leaving Arroyo in too long is BS. Without any of the two out scoring in the eighth the Reds still lose.

    I’m not sure if it’s that Arroyo was pitching well or it’s more of the same lousy hitting with runners in scoring position that the Yankees have been demonstrating all season. The facts are that Arroyo had two outs in the eighth until Cano CRUSHED that ball. At that point their goose was pretty much cooked. The rest was merely adding insult to injury.

  7. yournuts - May 19, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Not to shabby for his second outing since coming back. 9 strikeouts and 4 hits.

  8. mella21 - May 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    If Andy Petitte can come back from retirement and end up being the best pitcher on the Yankees’ staff at age 40…..yikes! I’m not saying that’s what it is, just if it happens, that really says bad things about the Yank’s pitching staff.

    Can he start mentoring Phil Hughes?

    • metalhead65 - May 19, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      I think we know why he changed his clemmons testimony now, must have got a new shipment of hgh while he was there!

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