Sunday, May 12, 2013
Yankees Win Fourth Straight
Andy Pettitte was by all means not vintage tonight but his seven innings of allowing only two runs gave the Yankees a huge lift in a game that puts them in position to sweep the series tomorrow afternoon. Pettitte was laboring early, already having thrown over 80 pitches by the fourth inning. He pulled himself together after earning the lead back and did what Andy Pettitte usually does; he gave a gritty performance and did not allow any further damage after the Butler home run in the fourth. This is the seventieth time in Pettitte's career that Mariano Rivera saved a game that he started, by far the most in the history of Major League Baseball. That statistic is special, mostly because in order to team up for so many wins both pitchers have to be good through an extended period of time. If Pettitte didn't leave to Houston for three years he would own many pitching statistic categories in Yankees all-time lists.
As the Yankees go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, they will send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound opposite former Angel Ervin Santana. Santana gives up a lot of home runs, and the Yankees like to hit them. This should call for a fun match-up as the Royals try to stop the Yankees from sweeping them in their own building.