Friday, May 17, 2013

Pettitte Leaves Early as Yankees Lose to Mariners

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

May 16th, 2013

Seattle Mariners vs New York Yankees

Final Score: Mariners 3 Yankees 2

The New York Yankees were unable to win the rubber game of their series with the Seattle Mariners, as the offense was not very good at all during the three game stretch. The loss moves the Yankees to (25-16) on the season, but they still hold a one game lead in the AL East.

Andy Pettitte is now the latest Yankee to be hit with the injury bug, as he was forced to leave the game in the fifth inning due to discomfort in his left trapezius. Pettitte picked up his third loss of the season, as he went 4.2 innings allowing two runs on four hits, and three walks. If Pettitte is forced to miss his next start Joe Girardi will probably have to go with Adam Warren or Ivan Nova if hes healthy.

Shawn Kelley was the first man out of the bullpen in relief for Pettitte, and looked very good striking out five of the eight batters he faced, but made one mistake to Michael Morse. The Mariners power hitting Right Fielder Morse hit a solo shot off Kelley for his 10th homerun of the season, as Morse went two for three at the plate with two runs scored, a RBI, and a walk.

Pettitte wasn’t the only Yankee that had to leave the game early, as Catcher Chris Stewart was forced to leave the game in the eighth inning after sliding awkwardly into Third Base, and was replaced by Austin Romine.

Curtis Granderson had his best game yet since coming back from the disabled list a few games ago. Granderson went three for four at the plate, with a run scored. Yankees desperately need Granderson to play well, as the offense needs the pop Granderson can bring.

David Adams, getting the start at Third Base knocked in his first career RBI in the second inning with his first double of his career. Hector Noesi then hit Adams with a pitch a few innings later in his next at-bat.

The Yankees will continue their home-stand on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays, as Hiroki Kuroda (5-2, 2.31) will be facing Mark Buehrle (1-2, 6.19), who the Yankees have owned.

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