The Yanks moved to 12-0 against the Twinkies (including playoffs) since the start of the 2009 season with a 7-1 shellacking on Saturday afternoon. Minnesota is now 3-25 at New York throughout Ron Gardenhire’s tenure, take that Joe Mauer and your big-ass contract.
Yours truly was at the game, and it was glorious. Pettitte was on, going 6 1/3 shutout innings and yielding two hits with three walks and two strikeouts en route to his fifth win on the year (5-0). To put that in perspective, the last time Andrew Eugene Pettitte was 5-0 he was 24 years old, and his 1.79 ERA and nine runs allowed are THE LOWEST OF HIS CAREER through seven starts. Andy is dandy indeed…even at age 37. I guess that elbow thing is a non-issue. The ageless lefty also made an awesome play in the field to snag a line drive. David Robertson kind of shit the bed but didn’t give up any runs, while Damaso Marte punched out Jim Thome. Boone Logan recorded the final six outs but not without giving up a run first.
Swisher, who is battling a biceps injury, made a phenomenal diving grab
Not only was the defense clicking on all cylinders, but the offense was smacking Liriano and his 178 ERA+, 2.36 ERA, 36 hits and 39 strikeouts in 42 IP, and 4-1 record (all coming in) around. Tex (six multi-hit games in May) and Posada went yard, while A-Rod (who has driven in a run in 12 of his past 16 games) missed a dingy by a few feet (all three had at least two hits, while Georgie and Tex had two RBI). Jeter busted out of his slump to go 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while Brett Gardner stole his 17th base of the year (second in all of MLB to only Juan Pierre). Marcus Thames also got in on the action, going 1-for-2 with a HBP, RBI and a run scored.
Overall, it was an awesome game and an ass-kicking and a half. Complete domination, fuggetaboutit. With the win, the Yanks (24-12) are still one game behind those pesky Rays for the top spot in the AL East and the best record in baseball. Sergio Mitre will take the mound on Sunday in the series finale against Nick Blackburn. LET’S GO YANKS!!!
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In other news:
- The Yanks will skip Vazquez’ turn in the rotation due to the rainout last Tuesday. He will next face the Mets on Friday (a nine-day layoff) at New Shea in the opener of the Subway Series. Hey, everyone always says he’s better in the NL, plus the last time he had a huge gap between starts he did OK.
- Nick Johnson might need surgery on his sore right wrist to remove inflamed tissue. He could be out until August. In related news: grass is green, water is wet and the earth rotates around the sun.
- CHoP is scheduled to be activated from the DL on Sunday. The return of the Diarrhea Kid could mean the end for Boone Logan.
- Grandy ran some encouraging sprints on Saturday and hopes to take batting practice on Sunday. There’s still no timetable for his return, though.