Un-retired Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte showed vast improvement on Friday night in just his second start of the season, as he blanked the visiting Reds for eight innings in a 4-0 New York victory.
On the night Pettitte allowed just four hits and struck out nine against only one walk. Of Pettitte's 115 pitches, 78 went for strikes. The impressive effort lowered his 2012 ERA from 5.68 to 2.51.
The velocity readings, which were something of a concern last time out, still aren't up to his norms, but Pettitte is of course the type of pitcher who can thrive so long as his command and control are there. On Friday it, they certainly were.
That Pettitte was able to keep runs off the board and work deep into the game is just what the Yankees needed.
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