All it takes is one bad inning. Andy Pettitte was an out away from escaping all kinds of trouble in the first, but Justin Turner hit a two-run single and Ike Davis hit a three-run home run that bounced off Nick Swisher's glove and over the wall. Five runs out of what was almost nothing. Luck is mean like that sometimes.
Pettitte settled down in true veteran fashion after the disaster inning, going six innings and allowing no further runs. He struck out six and allowed seven hits in his outing. He even had a hit to help his cause. Cory Wade came on in relief, and allowed a run on two hits. The damage was minimized by a diving catch in the outfield by Andruw Jones that doubled off David Wright at second base. Clay Rapada and Cody Every Day Eppley finished out the game uneventfully.
The Yankee offense showed that it isn't that difficult to hit home runs out of Citi Field. Alex Rodriguez and Andruw Jones each had a solo shot while Robinson Cano chipped in an impressive two-run homer of his own. None of them were cheap. Unfortunately, that was all the scoring they did and it wasn't enough. They had chances but couldn't come up with the timely hit when they needed one. Every starter except Russell Martin had at least one hit, but they just didn't come at the right times.
A walk to Raul Ibanez and a Derek Jeter single made things interesting against Frank Francisco in the 9th, but a strike out and a pop up got him out of the jam and let him breathe easier about his ridiculous comments for at least another night. Ivan Nova tries to play The Stopper tomorrow against Chris Young on Fox. You've been warned.
Comment of the Game: MattF15 sums it up nicely.