The All-Stars Shine

July 9, 2010 – 10:44 am

NYY 3, Seattle 1. This is Seattle, so as you might expect this one turned out to be quite the pitchers’ duel. On one side you had Andy Pettitte yet again dominating the other team, holding them to just one run on five hits. Andy struggled in the first, but got bailed out by a great play by Brett Gardner who threw out Ichiro Suzuki of all people at third base. But then he sailed through the Mariners for the next four innings, retiring the side in order in each inning. He did get in to trouble in the sixth, giving up one run and loading the bases with just one out — but then he proceeded to strike out the number four and five hitters to get out of the inning, and that was that as far as the Mariners’ offense was concerned.

Swish ScoresOn the other side, Seattle’s Jason Vargas was matching Pettitte’s zeroes, but the Yankees were hitting him consistently, getting at least one hit in each of the first six innings. You kinda figured it was just a matter of time before the Yankees would break through on the scoreboard, and sure enough in the eighth they finally put one run on the board, and then got to David Aardsma in the ninth for the winning runs. And of course, who else but “Clutchless” Alex Rodriguez to deliver the game winning RBIs? It almost seems like A-Rod only hits in clutch situations these days. Go figure.

And not to be overlooked was first-time All-Star Nick Swisher going 4-for-4 with two doubles. Nick is on the way to having the best season of his career — his previous best was 2007 with Oakland when he had a .262 BA and .836 OPS. So far this year his BA is .307 and OPS is .917. Now there’s still half a season to play, so who knows where he will be come October, but so far it’s been a great year for Swish, and the All-Star selection was more than well deserved. Beyond that, though, Swisher is just plain fun to watch and pull for — great attitude, plays the game “old style”, and just the right dose of humility. Here’s hoping his second half is even better than his first half!

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