White Sox have hit parade against Pettitte
Andy Pettitte’s first-inning woes continued into the next two innings Monday night as a Yankees starting pitcher failed to get through the third inning for the second straight game. Following Phil Hughes’ 2 2/3-inning outing Sunday in San Diego, Pettitte lasted just as long in Chicago against a White Sox team that put an end to a 10-game losing streak with an 8-1 victory.
Chicago scored only four runs total in its previous four games but had that many runs before the second inning was complete. Pettitte was scored upon in the first inning for his seventh straight start, a dubious franchise record, as the White Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead. All but one of the five hits off Pettitte that inning was rather softly struck yet they found holes.
The second inning was quite different as the White Sox hit the ball much harder and tacked on two more runs. The hits kept on coming in the third, plus a walk by Pettitte, who was removed from what was his briefest outing in three years. The White Sox had 11 hits in 18 at-bats (.611) off Pettitte, who has allowed 141 hits in 120 2/3 innings this season as opponents are batting .293 against him.
U.S. Cellular Field has always been a bit of a horror house for Pettitte, whose career record there is 3-8 with a 6.99 in 68 innings after getting tattooed for seven runs Monday night.
The Yankees’ infield had a different look with the return of Alex Rodriguez, who was allowed to play while awaiting an appeal of a drug-related suspension by commissioner Bud Selig. A-Rod became the ninth different player to start at third base for the Yankees this season, and that does not include Vernon Wells, who played one inning there earlier this season.
Wells made his first career appearance at first base where he has been taking grounders during batting practice. It was the sixth different position this year for Wells, who has also played left field, right field, second base and designated hitter as well as first and third.
Once again, the Yankees’ infield was without Derek Jeter, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a Grade 1 strain of the right calf. A similar injury to the captain in 2011 kept him on the DL for three weeks.
Rodriguez got a hit in his first at-bat, a looping single to left field leading off the second inning. Wells followed with a double into the left-field corner, but the Yanks’ rally proved short-lived as Chicago starter Jose Quintana retired Curtis Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki on pop-ups and struck out Eduardo Nunez.
It was that kind of night for the Yankees, who were hitless in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Their only run came in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Brett Gardner.