Pettite Great, Offense Awakens in 5-1 Win

The Yanks rode a terrific start from Pettite and some hot offense early–including from Pettite–to beat the Marlins 5-1.  Every starter had a hit, including Berroa, who started for A-Rod who is finally getting a rest, and Pettite, who followed Berroa’s RBI double with one of his own down the left field line.  With Boston’s 8-2 loss to Atlanta, the Yanks have closed the gap with Boston to two games.

Jeter cranked the first pitch to deep left center for a ground-rule double, over the 434-foot sign in the deep nook.  JD fanned, Teixeira singled to left, and Posada looped a single to right to score Jeter.  Swish grounded into a DP to clip the threat, but it was a healthy start off the hard-throwing lefty West.  They followed it up with a big second.  Cano singled, Melky fanned, and Berroa ripped an RBI double to left, 2-0 Yanks.  Andy followed suit, lining a hot shot over third to plate Berroa, 3-0 Yanks.  Andy took a breather after his hit, looking gassed after that running.  Hey, Andy, I thought you pitchers did wind sprints!  Jeter singled to center, and JD’s single to right plated Andy, 4-0 Yanks.  Pettite worked around a lead-off double to Cantu, fanning Hermida with a hard cutter to end the second.

Melky cranked a deep homer to left, a good 15 rows back way above the high scoreboard, 5-0 Yanks, and although Ross homered to virtually the same spot to lead off the bottom half of the third, Andy faced no real trouble.  He was in total command.  He got De Aza on a nasty cutter to end the fifth, froze Helms with a curve in the sixth, got Uggla whiffing with the cutter to start the seventh, and got excellent defensive hep immediately afterward.  Paulino hit a slow, two-hop chopper to third, and Berroa bare-handed it and whipped a hard throw to Teixeira that pulled him off the bag.  Yet Teixeira came off, leapt, and swipe-tagged Paulino on the back just before he hit the bag; tremendous play by Teixeira and Berroa. After freezing Hermida with a cutter to end the seventh and his magnificent stint, Pettite exited to a standing ovation from the largely pro-Yankees crowd in Miami, a great sight and scene.  He was outstanding, earning every throaty cheer from the Yankee partisans–7 IP, 3 hits, 1 run earned on the solo shot, no walks, and 7 K’s on 108 pitches/66 strikes.  He was the stopper, no question.

Bruney worked a 1-2-3 eighth, and Tomko nailed down the ninth in a relatively easy win.  Boston lost, Tampa lost, and Toronto is in extras in DC, giving the Yanks a chance to gain ground on, or distance themselves from, all their main competitors in the tough AL East.

Jeter was 2-4 with a double and a run, batting .308.  JD and Teixeira were each 2-5, batting .283 and .286 respectively, and JD drove in his 40th run.  Jorge was 2-4 with his 29th RBI, batting .289.  Melky was not just 1-3 with his 7th homer and 28th RBI, batting .287; he also earned two walks.  Cano was 1-4 with a walk and a run, batting .310.  Swish doubled.  Berroa filled in admirably with his RBI double, and Pettite was batting 1.000 for about 45 minutes with his own RBI double, settling instead for a paltry .333 after tonight’s RBI double and run, fueling the offensive juggernaut.  The team was 5-14 with RISP, stranding 11, but had the game well in hand later when their RISP hitting declined.  I’m not trying to rationalize their RISP numbers, rather to say that the outcome and clear trajectory of the game, which was really not in doubt throughout, made their decent RISP numbers quite alright tonight.

The Yanks are back to nine above .500 at 38-29, two behind Boston.  A.J. (5-3, 4.46 ERA) returns to Florida for a tough match-up tomorrow night with the Marlins’ ace, ard-throwing righty Josh Johnson (6-1, 2.76 ERA).   Good match-up, just what can hopefully stoke Burnett’s competitive fires.

I expect better weather tomorrow after volatile storms in The Heartland today and tonight, with a tornado touching down but five miles from here, and lightning assailing the neighborhood on and off for the last couple days.  It’s been hot, humid, and turbulent.

Published in: on June 19, 2009 at 9:43 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. the one game i miss half of they start hitting. fine by me. really nice to see andy look strong.
    i hope you and your family is safe in that weather.

    the mighty nats have taken down the imperial forces of toronto. NL caveo!

  2. Haha, I’ve never seen a guy look so winded after running for two bases.. That was pretty funny.
    Jeet did mighty good for a guy with a sore ankle. Good stuff all around tonight.
    New York hasn’t been seeing great weather here either. It’s rain day in and day out. [-_-]
    This interleague play is entertaining though, lol.

  3. Teixeira is SO going to win the Gold Glove this season.

  4. Burnett’s “competitive fires?”

    He has those? 🙂

  5. he does until he loses his curveball….

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