Andy Pettitte was the last signing of the Yankees’ rotation, and he has performed as the ace of the team at times. Tonight was a perfect example as Pettitte pitched seven strong innings of three-hit baseball, walking none and striking out seven. Pettitte also contributed, going 1-3 with a RBI double and a run scored in this interleague 5-1 victory over Joe Girardi’s old team, the Florida Marlins.
After Pettitte exited in the seventh inning, Brian Bruney and Brett Tomko finished the last two frames, not allowing a single hit and striking out one.
The Yankees’s top four hitters went 8 for 18, with each having two hits apiece. Derek Jeter was 2 for 4 to raise his average to .308, while Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira both went 2 for 5 and Jorge Posada, in the cleanup spot for a fatigued Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 4.
Every single hitter on the Yankees had a hit. Melky Cabrera went yard with his seventh home run of the season in the third inning. Four Yankee hitters, including Jeter and Pettitte, had doubles.
One sore spot was the RISP — the Yankees went 5 for 14, but luckly they had enough runs to win the game. With their win and Boston’s loss, they are now two games behind the Red Sox in the standings.
Tomorrow the Yankees send AJ Burnett to the mound in a 7:10 nightcap.