Andy Pettitte's 400th career start with the New York Yankees wasn't the worst of his lengthy career by any stretch, but that didn't stop the left-hander from showing plenty of frustrating following the 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
Pettitte, who had pitched stellar games against the Reds and Royals during his two previous outings, was hit for five runs on nine hits in seven innings, taking his second loss in four starts since officially ending his 18-month retirement.
Three of those runs came in the third inning, two on Albert Pujols' eighth home run of the season.
"Anytime you give up a crooked number, the three runs there, it's gonna hurt you, especially when Dan (Haren) was throwing the ball as well as he was," Pettitte said. "I made a couple of mistakes, they're playing well, they played great defense. Every time we had a chance, we weren't quite able to get it to work out for us. Obviously, it's frustrating."
Pettitte had held Pujols to five singles in 23 at-bats during his career entering the start, but Pujols crushed a 1-0 fastball over the left field wall to give the Angels a 3-0 lead.
"I was trying to go in; I just left a ball too much on the plate," Pettitte said. "I jammed him his first at-bat, I was up in the count and I left the ball on the inner half. He's not gonna want to get jammed again. It was just a stupid pitch by me, and I didn't get the ball in like I wanted to far enough, and he's a great hitter. It was a mistake."
Pettitte is now 2-2 with a 3.49 in four starts. While he surely will beat himself up over a few costly pitches against the Angels, there is no doubt in his mind that his decision to return was the right one.
"After the first game, I felt like I was going to be able to do this," Pettitte said. "Just the things that I wanted to be able to do were there in that game, so as long as I'm healthy, I'm going to be able to do this. That's a moot point for me, now. Now it's all about just helping this team win."
Pettitte has made 133 consecutive starts for the Yankees without throwing a complete game, a franchise record. Pettitte's last complete game as a Yankee came against the Mariners on Aug. 9, 2003.