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Yankees 4, Reds 0: Andy Pettitte, Awesome

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May 18, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA;   New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte (46) pitches during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
May 18, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte (46) pitches during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

In his second start since returning from a year of retirement, Andy Pettitte was as fantastic as anyone could have hoped for, pitching eight shutout innings against the Reds.

Pettitte was dominant, striking out nine batters while allowing only four hits and issuing one walk. He hadn't pitched eight innings, allowing no runs while striking out at least nine since September of 1997. For those of us with a lot of sentimentality attached to Andy Pettitte, but worried about how he would perform after being away, this game was a truly welcome event.

Throughout the majority of the game, it looked as though Alex Rodriguez's 4th inning RBI ground out would be the difference in the game. The Yankee offense had their chances, including loading the bases with no outs in the 6th inning, but failing to score with some help from the human element of umpires. However, the 8th inning was a different story. Robinson Cano hit a towering two-out solo home run off Bronson Arroyo; then a single by A-Rod, and a two-run shot into the short porch in right by Raul Ibanez finally chased Arroyo from the game.

Boone Logan came on to close out the game with a clean inning, and Andy Pettitte got his first win since July 8, 2010. Ivan Nova and the Yankees will face Homer Bailey and the Reds tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 p.m.

Comment of the Game: jetanumba2 for his plea for Andy Pettitte to pitch like he did tonight all year.