The birthday boy delivers, and so does Andy

White coughs it up in extras
Heading to the NL

So that’s the way the Yankees are supposed to play. The Yankees capitalized on Joe Blanton’s one mistake, and Andy Pettitte pitched eight dominant innings as the Yanks won 4-1 behind a grand slam from Hideki Matsui on his 34th birthday. Pettitte rebounded from one of his worst outings of his career to stifle the A’s, and the Yanks head into Houston winning two out of three on the brief West Coast trip. Congratulations are in order too for Mariano Rivera. His two strike outs moved him ahead of David Cone into 16th place on the Yankees’ all-time strike out list. And that’s all she wrote.

White coughs it up in extras
Heading to the NL
  • Lanny

    Beane is going to get a nice ransom for Blanton in a month.

  • Rich

    I was watching the game thinking how are the Yankees making Blanton and his 94 ERA+ look like a CYA winner, and then…boom.

    The second best thing about this series is that Wang and Pettitte pitched very well.

  • Manimal

    Mo needs rest, he is not needed in a 4-1 game.

  • Manimal

    I loved how Pettitte showed emotion, there was deep flyball to left field and he was screaming at Damon to get it in and try to double up the guy at first. He was pumped and wanted to end this nasty streak of his. I guess it payed off.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      I heard Kay criticize Andy during a game this year when he was yelling at Abreu who couldn’t get to a ball. I don’t remember Andy ever not showing emotion on the mound. But he’s really yelling at his defense this year.

      • TurnTwo

        perhaps its similar to Moose getting a little more surly late in his carer witht he umpires?

  • LiveFromNewYork

    I think the optimism is a little bit of a stretch. Take out Andy and Matsui and Mo and the rest of the team still looked bad. Do they really need a grand slam and 8 innings of a starter to win a game? I wish the offense could get a runner home without dramatics. Because grand slams don’t show up every night. That is why this team worries me.

    • TurnTwo

      a win is a win is a win.

      and another series win in the books. put serieseses together, you make the playoffs.

    • whozat

      Yes. A Sac fly would have been much better. THEN they could have bunted and maybe scored one more run!

      • JT

        I think LFNY is only point out the fact that we, once again, missed a lot of good opportunities to score early on.

        Is it just me, or does anyone always thinking of murphy’s law when it comes to the yankees this year.

        I would rather have man on 3rd and 1 out than a man on 1st and 3rd with 1 out because of the double play potential.

        And then when they load the bases, I cant help but think that there is going to be a force play at home and we won’t score a run.

        This Yankee team just doesn’t have me feeling very confident right now.

        • Count Zero

          Thank you Dusty Baker. We’ll try not to clog up the bases with baserunners. :s

          I understand your emotional feeling there, but statistically speaking, you’re way off base. According to the Markov model, the number of runs scored in a 1st and 3rd, 1 out situation is more than double the number of runs scored in a runner on 3rd, 1 out situation. In fact it’s closer to 3x than it is to 2x.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      You know what else doesn’t show up every night? 10-run outbursts. During the course of 162 games, a lot of times, it will take just a well-timed hit in one inning and some good pitching. You’re worried because a starter went 8 innings? That’s what a started is supposed to do.

      They won, and they did it with timely hitting in one inning and stellar pitching. They also took 2 of 3 from a team that’s been playing much better ball this year than the Yanks. I can’t complain and nor I can find reason to be pessimistic after last night’s game.

  • JT

    Too bad this team has had problems putting series’ together. Win three more in a row and maybe they will convince many that they aren’t just a team of underachievers this year.

    • TurnTwo

      agreed.

  • http://2009 Haggs

    Random, but I saw in game notes Pettitte is now tied with Guidry for fourth on the all-time Yankee win list, and if he plays next year, between what’s left of this season and next he can pass Lefty Gomez and move into 3rd (he’s 19 wins away).

    I know wins are a meaningless stat, but it’s impressive nonetheless.

    Ford and Guidry are the only Yankee pitchers who have their numbers retired (plus Rivera soon). Andy rarely enters the dopey should his number be retired debates, but 4 rings and all these wins in pinstripes should at least start a conversation about him. Especially if the Yanks win another title while he’s here.

    • A.D.

      If Ruffing doesn’t have his # retired, neither should Pettite

      • http://2009 Haggs

        True. But a devil’s advocate would say if Guidry’s number is retired, shouldn’t Pettite’s at least be considered?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          I think it’s easier to make the case that Guidry’s number should be unretired than it is to say that Pettitte’s should be retired.

          • http://2009 Haggs

            Fair point.

            Not a big fan of pre-game ceremonies, but I’d make it a point to go to Guidry’s un-retiring ceremony.

            • steve (different one)

              i think they should give Pettitte’s number to whatever middle reliever they sign next year.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach

    I’m glad that it worked in our favor last night, but the umpiring this year has been BRUTAL. The home plate umpire wouldn’t give a strike on the inside left of the plate to save his life. If it was any other umpire, Zilla probably gets punched out. Thankfully, we had the only umpire who doesn’t call a strike there.
    It must be brutal for pitchers to try to figure out where the strike zone is going to be night to night. Even Mo couldn’t get that call, and he’s worked there his entire career.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Looks like Paulie’s “win after a late rally” theory is proven undeniable scientific FACT!

    Homer: Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.
    Lisa: That’s specious reasoning, Dad.
    Homer: Thank you, dear.
    Lisa: By your logic I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.
    Homer: How does it work?
    Lisa: It doesn’t work.
    Homer: Uh-huh.
    Lisa: It’s just a stupid rock.
    Homer: Uh-huh.
    Lisa: But I don’t see any tigers around, do you?
    [Homer thinks of this, then pulls out some money]
    Homer: Lisa, I want to buy your rock.
    [Lisa refuses at first, then takes the exchange]
    [The mail arrives]
    Homer: Woo-hoo! A perfect day. Zero bears and one big fat hairy paycheck.
    [opens it up]
    Homer: Hey! How come my pay is so low? … Bear Patrol Tax! This is an outrage! It’s the biggest tax increase in history!
    Lisa: Actually, Dad, it’s the smallest tax increase in history.
    Homer: Let the bears pay the bear tax. I pay the Homer tax.
    Lisa: That’s homeowner tax.
    Homer: Well, anyway, I’m still outraged.

    • steve (different one)

      Homer: Lisa, I want to buy your rock.

      this is one of my all time favorite simpsons’ lines.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos

        No beer and no TV makes homer… something something.

        • shades

          go crazy?

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos

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