Andy Pettitte has beaten 29 of 30 major league clubs. He’s even beaten the Yankees. But never the Giants.
In his final home start, he left a tie game in the seventh inning after Pablo Sandoval’s leadoff double. He called it “a horrible mistake.”
The Giants scored the tiebreaking run off David Robertson and Pettite was credited with the loss. He’s 0-4 in four career starts against the Giants. The previous three came in a Houston Astros uniform.
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Pettitte seemed as stunned as everyone that the storybook day didn’t go to script.
“It always seems to happen, you know?” said Pettitte, who has one more start left before he retires, when the Yankees play at Houston later this week. “I really thought it was going to happen again today. It’s hard to believe we’re sitting here and we lost another game.”
Mathematically, the Yankees’ chances of making the postseason plunged. They started the day somewhere between 3 and 4 percent, though.
What a trip. Not only did we have a unique week in New York (a phrase I should repeat when loosening up for pregame show appearances), but we saw all four teams with New York roots -- beginning in Los Angeles with the former Brooklyn Dodgers.
I wonder if Carl Furillo ever celebrated a World Series by jumping into the Flatbush Aquatic Center.