Pettitte left the game in the fifth inning with a sore trapezius muscle (between the neck and the back) and Stewart left in the seventh inning with a groin injury. Pettitte said after the game that he wasn’t sure if he would miss a start or not, but that he wouldn’t need a MRI. Stewart went for a MRI, although he said that he felt no pop when he hurt his leg.
After losing a starting pitcher and a catcher the game was almost secondary. It was another weak performance by the offense though. These days if Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells aren’t leading the team, they need to be on the winning side of a pitcher’s duel and Cano and Wells went just 1-for-8.
The Yankees did score two runs, one in the second and another in the seventh, on a David Adams RBI-double and Cano RBI-single. The M’s scored three times though, once in the second, fourth and sixth, with Michael Morse picking up the eventual game winning run on a solo shot in the sixth.
• Pettitte was good, not great before he left the game. He still struggled with consistency on his breaking pitches though. His line: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR.
• Ichiro Suzuki ended a 0-for-22 skid. He went 1-for-4 and is now hitting .239/.280/.328.
• Curtis Granderson is finally shaking off some of the rust with a 3-for-4 night in his third game of the season.
• Jesus Montero, hitting .204/.257/.333, looked rough behind the plate. This was a perfect example of why everyone says he can’t catch. The Yankees only stole three bases off of him, but he didn’t setup well, didn’t frame well, and generally moved around too much back there.
• Former Yankee Hector Noesi made the start and wasn’t too bad. He didn’t get the win, but his line: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, wasn’t bad.
Photo credit: (May 15, 2013 – Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America).