The Yankee offense gave Andy Pettite three leads last night and Pettitte blew every one of them, the last on Joe Mauer’s first home run of the season on a pitch that a irritated Pettitte later called “as ignorant a pitch as I could throw.” Brought into a 5-5 game in the eighth inning, Kyle Farnsworth gave the Twins their first lead of the game by surrendering doubles to two of the first three hitters he faced. Joe Nathan came on in the ninth to protect that last-minute lead and handed the Yankees a 6-5 loss.
If there was any good news to come out of the game it was that Farnsworth’s fateful inning was the only one pitched by the bullpen as Pettitte pitched efficiently, needing just 94 pitches to complete seven frames. That sets things up well for Joba Chamberlain’s 70-pitch start tonight. Still, the Yankees are coming home a game under .500 and just a half game out of last place in the East having gone 3-4 on their trip through Baltimore and Minnesota.