Pitching Carries Yanks to 4-2 Win

Pettite was excellent over 7, and the bullpen shut things down for the next two through Mariano to cinch a 4-2 win and the series win against seattle thus far.  A-Rod walloped his 13th this year and 566th of his career, JD crushed his 15th of the year in the third to break a scoreless tie, and Melky belted one over the foul pole in left to break a 1-1 tie.

Yet the key, to me, was Pettite’s tremendous start, going seven strong and allowing but six hits, two runs earned, one walk, and five strikeouts on 98 pitches/63 strikes.  He was excellent, and didn’t allow the Mariners much.  Aceves, Coke, and Mariano (20th save this year, 502nd of his illustrious career), closed it out with ease.

Interesting that, after Cano struggled so badly in the five-spot, Posada went 0-4 there.  Apparently, opposing pitchers are bearing down on hitters after A-Rod who, after going 2-4 with his 41st RBI, is up to .239.  Teixeira’s 2-4 puts him at .278.  JD’s 1-3 with his 15th homer and 47th RBI puts him at .292.  Melky’s 8th HR and 32nd RBI puts him at .287.

But the key was Pettite, shutting down the Mariners and allowing the Yanks to go 13 over .500, staying 2 1/2 games and 2 in the loss column behind Boston.  They’re hanging tough without playing their best baseball, in good part behind strong pitching especially starting pitching.  That also makes seven straight, with the Yanks going for eight straight and the crazy stein tomorrow.

Way to bring back the W, Mike.

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  1. yea, good starting pitching, is well good. It is nice being in every game…

    http://www.statisticianmagician.com/?p=328

  2. yea, it was a fun one jason– it looks like tex might be coming out of his slump as well as melky. maybe melky has turned a corner career-wise or maybe knowing that the little G is always there as a possibility to take the job is motivating him. personally that is what I believe.

    joe– speaking of being in every game…how bout you guys yesterday in the 9th?

  3. It evened out from the day before. It really was impressive yesterday though. The Red Sox scored two to make it 5-3 with no one out after the Youk homer (opposite field too). Then two strike outs and it looked dim. But then two walks and a single or whatever. And then ANOTHER single. And then the win in the 11th. Baseball is remarkable sometimes.

  4. yeah–i was following every pitch with an impending sense of inevitable doom. those kind of innings are truly memorable whichever side you are rooting for. i’ve seen those with they yankees of course- and lets not forget that game in 2007 ( ?) at fenway when you guys came back from a gigantic deficit in the 9th against the O’s of course you guys own those puppies…

  5. The key wasss Pettitte, though the homers were great. A-Rod is hitting some moon shots. I’m glad those days off are doing him good.
    I was thinking the same thing about Posada. I don’t know what it is, but no production coming from the 5-hole. I wonder if Melky could hit there..
    Looks like Girardi is putting Cano back in there though, from the lineup posted by Pete Abe.. oh joy [-_-]
    Hope the Yanks keep this thing going.


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