Pettitte Delivers Yet Again

May 26, 2010 – 11:23 pm

NYY 3, Minnesota 2. The good news is that the starting pitching appears to be getting back on track, and as we’ve seen so far this year it’s the starting pitching that is carrying this team. Andy Pettitte pitched yet another gem, going eight innings and giving up just two runs while scattering some eight hits, but more importantly not walking anyone. Once again, Pettitte showed great command and control, throwing 72 of his 94 pitches for strikes. I know I’ve said it time and again, but I just don’t understand why so many pitchers these days are afraid to throw the ball over the plate. You force the other team to beat you rather than vice-versa, and you keep your pitch count down and thus keep the bullpen from ruining things. You gotta love the way Pettitte is pitching this year.

SwishaliciousAnd the other good news is that for the first time in his last five appearances, Mariano Rivera actually looked pretty sharp. With Pettitte’s pitch count only 94 through eight and with Mo having worked the afternoon game, it would have been an easy call for Joe Girardi to let Andy finish the game. Heck, that’s probably what I would have done. But Girardi went with Rivera, and all went well — so if Mo is in fact back on his game, that’s going to be a big, big plus.

But of course there was bad news to go along with all this good news — for the fifth game in a row the Yankee offense continued to sputter. Once again it was the bottom of the order carrying the load, with Kevin Russo getting a clutch two-out RBI double in the fourth, and Brett Gardner doing the same with two outs in the fifth with a run scoring triple. All of which set up Nick Swisher for the game winning home run in the ninth, yet again with two outs.

So the Yankees have now cinched winning this series, after losing four of their last five series, and can go for the sweep Thursday with Javier Vazquez. Things are starting to look up again.

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