Apr 11, 2007

Pettitte pitches six

Six scoreless innings from Pettitte tonight was more than enough for the Yankee offense. He had better velocity and command than his first outing. His fastball reached 91 mph, and he threw strikes with all his pitches.

Arod homered (again!) in the first inning, setting the tone for the game. Melky's bat finally came alive, garnering him three hits on the night. And Johnny Damon blasted a 3-run HR in the fifth inning that sealed the game; during that at-bat, the Yanks had runners on 1st and 2nd, no outs, and for the first pitch I though perhaps Damon should bunt to get two runners into scoring position, then I remember what 'Baseball Between the Numbers' (my current book) said, that most of the time, sac-bunts are wasted outs, so let Damon swing away, maybe we'll put the game away here. Sure enough, he crushed the next pitch over the right-field baggie and did indeed seal the win.

Nice to see Kevin Thompson get a bases-loaded double in the ninth. (Tell me he doesn't look like a black Arnie.)

10-1 Yanks

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