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Game Hero, 57 - 58

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Andy Pettitte
  • W, 11 - 12
  • 7 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB
  • Ties a season high with 10 K's
  • Retires the last 14 he faced
  • 72 Game Score
  • 2 for 3, solo homer and a single
We'd all seen it before. A perfectly serviceable start from Andy Pettitte collapses in the space of eight or ten pitches. Three good innings are blown to smithereens by a disastrous fourth, where all of a sudden Andy can't throw strikes.

Or after facing one over the minimum through five, Andy uncorks a painfully bad sixth inning, allowing two homers and two doubles, including one by the opposite pitcher.

It hasn't been the games where Andy's pitched terrible that have hurt the Astros most.

It's been the games where he's pitched well, but then had the sudden unexpected meltdown, ruining everything.

And man, I was sure that the third inning tonight was gonna be that inning. Pettitte looked unstoppable through two: six up six down. But then Bellhorn singled on the first pitch he saw. Then Andy got behind the eighth-place hitter, and the first two innings seemed like an anomaly.

When Lance misplayed the Giles grounder, I started wondering how Jason Hirsh was gonna do tomorrow, because spending any more time on this night's certain loss seemed futile.

But then a funny thing happened. The implosion didn't go down. Andy pulled out of it, struck out Piazza on three pitches, and never looked back.