Pettitte throws 5-plus innings in Trenton
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Andy Pettitte allowed three earned runs and seven singles in 5-plus innings for the Yankees' Double-A affiliate Wednesday night in his third minor-league start as he works toward making New York's rotation.
Pettitte, 39, was making his third minor-league start as he continues his comeback after retiring following the 2010 season. He struck out three and walked one and came out after allowing a leadoff single in the sixth.
The left-hander received a standing ovation from the crowd when he departed after facing one batter in the sixth, acknowledging the fans with a wave. He threw 81 pitches, 59 for strikes.
Pettitte gave up a run in the first inning on two singles. After retiring the next eight batters, Pettitte walked Romero to lead off the fourth. Romero scored the second run off Pettitte on Rob Brantly's RBI single to left.
The SeaWolves scored an unearned run in the fifth when Pettitte worked out of a jam. Jamie Johnson led off the fifth with a single to right, then went to third on Addison Maruszak's error that allowed Rockett to reach second. Maruszak scored on Brandon Douglas' single to center. But Pettitte escaped further trouble by getting Romero out on a fielder's choice, Jordan Lennerton on a popup to shortstop and Rawley Bishop on a fielder's choice groundout.
A fourth run was charged to Pettitte when Rawley Bishop, who led off the sixth, scored on Jamie Johnson's groundout off reliever Preston Clairborne.
The crowd was a sellout but wasn't the circuslike atmosphere that greeted Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter during his two-game stint rehabbing with the Thunder last July. The Thunder issued 65 credentials for Wednesday's game, nearly the same as for Jeter's appearance in Trenton, but far short of the 150 credentials needed for Roger Clemens' rehab start with Trenton in 2007.
Pettitte, followed closely by a dozen cameras, finished his warmup pitches by tossing a ball to 5-year-old Andy Faas of Hamilton, N.J. Other than that, he barely acknowledged the excited crowd as he walked to the home dugout an intense stare before the game.
A three-time All-Star, Pettitte has a career 240-138 record with a 3.88 ERA in 16 seasons - all with the Yankees. He twice won 21 games and accumulated 19 postseason wins and was the 2001 ALCS MVP.
In two starts for Class A Tampa earlier this month, he allowed one earned run on four hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking none.