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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Feel Good Victory
Tonight's game was one that made me feel good and reassured as a fan. Pettitte pitched seven great innings, allowing only 2 runs on seven hits and 1 walk. He had eight strikeouts in tonight's performance and built on his previous start against the Reds. Pettitte's fastball averaged about 88 MPH, but if he locates it, the ball looks like its coming at 93 MPH and it deceives the hitter. He got into a bases loaded situation in the fifth inning but none of the balls that inning were hit hard. They were all bloopers and grounders that found grass.
This was a big night for the Yankee offense, particularly Alex Rodriguez whose power had vanished before tonight's game. He had gone 52 AB's without a home run and people were starting to think that it was the end of Alex Rodriguez, the power hitter. He proved everybody wrong tonight and smashed two home runs and drove in three runs to give the Yankees a comfortable lead. He squared the balls up and smacked them into the left/left center field seats. Mark Teixeira didn't get any hits tonight but he got on base three times via the base on balls. He drove in a run with one of those walks as well. Granderson belted his 14th homer of the season in the first inning to put the Yankees on the board and Jeter began to hit again, going 3-5. Swisher still seems to be in a funk which he needs to snap out of if he wants a sizeable contract this winter.
I had fun at the game. Watching A-Rod's home runs made it worth it for me, because I was one of the nay-sayers about Alex's power. Tomorrow is an off day before the Yankees start a long road trip to the west coast, making stops in Oakland and Anaheim before finishing the road trip in Detroit against Leyland's Tigers.