Jete Shows The Power

May 1, 2010 – 10:55 am

NYY 6, Chicago 4. Derek Jeter pretty much carried the entire load of the offense in this one, going 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs. After a shaky start in the first by Andy Pettitte which gave the Sox a 3-0 lead, Jeter immediately led off the bottom half with a single which started a two-run rally that put the Yankees right back in the game. Then in the fifth he belted a rare-for-him home run to left field, which tied the game at 4-4. And finally in the seventh he hit a triple to his much more familiar right-field which scored the winning runs. Hitting lead off, Jeter always gets the job done about as good as any lead off hitter in the league, but of course in that position he doesn’t get all that many chances to drive in runs. But last night he got the opportunity and took it to the bank. I guess that’s why he’s The Captain!

Jete Goes YardAlthough the line score didn’t reflect it, Andy Pettitte actually pitched quite well yet again. True, he gave up three runs in the first, but two of those were a result of bloop hits falling in, and the home run ball he gave up to Paul Konerko was not all that bad a pitch. And even then Konerko is leading the league right now in homers, so Pettitte has lots of company in giving up a dinger to him. Then in the second he gave up another run, but that was a direct result of an incredibly bad umpiring call when Donny Lucy ran way out of the base paths but wasn’t called out for who knows what reasons. From the third inning on, Andy only gave up one hit and one walk, so all things considered you have to call this a pretty good outing for him.

Today’s game should prove to be interesting — the White Sox have their ace John Danks on the mound, who is off to a great start this year (3-0, 1.55 ERA), and who has given up two or fewer runs in all four of his starts and has gone eight innings in his last two starts. And for the Yankees, it’s much maligned Javier Vazquez (1-3, 9.00 ERA), who has shown signs of maybe turning the corner but who was roughed up pretty good in his last outing.  This should be a tough one for the Yankees to win, but certainly gives Vazquez a chance to redeem himself.

Photo: NY Daily News

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