Jun 9, 2007

Some (long) game!

Too tired to write so here's a good read from the Times -

Last night’s 5-4 Yankee v
ictory over Pittsburgh — won on a bases-loaded infield single by Derek Jeter in the 10th inning — was not a flawless game, but it was a delight for those who enjoy good pitching, especially from left-handed starters.

Neither Andy Pettitte of the Yankees nor Tom Gorzelanny of the Pirates got the decision before 54,240 fans at Yankee Stadium. But both starters pitched well enough to win in masterly displays of their art.

The victory came when Jeter “didn’t have a good swing,” he said, on a two-seam fastball from Matt Capps (3-3), the fifth Pittsburgh relief pitcher. The ball bounced slowly to second baseman Freddy Sánchez, who could not make a play while Robinson Canó scored.

“I was lucky,” Jeter said. “It’s not like you try to hit it right there.” But, with a smile, Jeter added that it was all right to write that he tried to do just that. It was his night, from start to finish. On their way in, fans were given souvenir dolls of Jeter, who had two hits and two runs batted in while raising his average to .332.

Hideki Matsui hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Gorzelanny, who is in his first full season and has a 6-3 record. Getting the victory was Mariano Rivera (2-3), who worked the final two innings after Pettitte gave up four runs and nine hits in eight innings.

- Don't forget, Clemens debuts tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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