Pettitte, Yanks power past Halladay for 5-3 win

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The Yankees had a strange night against Roy Halladay. They worked him in the first, forcing him to throw 23 pitches in a two-run inning, which included an error by the man himself (though Millar got the credit, Doc kinda just dropped the ball). It was a rare early lead against Halladay, but he wasn’t about to give up much more. He rolled through the middle innings before wearing down at the end, surrendering three solo homers, which would be the difference in a 5-3 Yankees win.

After the first inning, Doc settled in, and that might be an understatement. After throwing 23 pitches in the first, Halladay finished all nine with just 103. This included seven pitches in the second, 16 in the third, 10 in the fourth, nine in the fifth, nine in the sixth, and five in the seventh. That left him with 89 pitches headed into the eighth, and for a guy who’s topped topped out at 133 this year that’s seemingly nothing.

Halladay looked strong again to start the eighth, retiring the first two hitters on five pitches. Then came Johnny Damon, who on the fifth pitch of the at bat hit one over the right field wall. Unlike his July Fourth jack, this was no cheapie, as it landed in the Yankees bullpen, extending the lead to 3-1. Mark Teixeira followed with a shot to right on the second pitch he saw, giving the Yankees a nice cushion. They’d need it.

Phil Hughes, who had come on for Pettitte with two on and two outs in the seventh, didn’t look his sharpest last night. Each of the five Jays he faced had two strikes, but three of them managed to foul a few off — ones that a few weeks ago Hughes would have blown by them. In total the Jays had seven two-strike fouls off Hughes, including four frustrating ones by Kevin Millar, who, like Adam Lind and Jose Bautista before him, struck out looking.

Yet Hughes did allow two hits in the eighth, which was enough for Girardi to call on Mo for another four-out save. That backfired, as he allowed a two-run double to Vernon Wells after going down 3-0 on him. That made it a one-run game, something you just don’t expect when staking Hughes and Mo to a three-run lead. Hideki Matsui made it a bit more comfortable with a first-pitch homer off Halladay in the ninth, but Mo made it interesting again in the ninth, putting men on first and third before closing the door.

Andy Pettitte did his job, though he seemed shaky at times. He didn’t throw a healthy number of strikes — 103 pitches, 57 strikes. It almost caught up to him in the fourth, when a single and two walks loaded the bases. That ended after a sac fly and a grounder to short, but it certainly cast some doubt on Pettitte’s ability to hold the lead. Yet he held on strong, pitching well until putting two runners on in the seventh, including a walk of Rod Barajas.

Another notable achievement for Pettitte was his six strikeouts in 6.2 IP. It marks the ninth time this season he’s struck out six or more. While his K rate isn’t quite where it was last year, it’s still at a good level for a 37-year-old who induces a lot of contact. Pettite has certainly gotten the job done lately, though, helping alleviate concerns about the back end of the rotation. Those concerns aren’t completely erased, of course, but a fairly effective Pettitte helps tremendously.

While this didn’t feel like an automatic loss before it started, the chances weren’t that great with Halladay on the mound. But the Yankees struck when they needed it most and prevailed despite a tough ending to the game. The Yanks guarantee their lead in the AL East at least one more day. That’s good news, as Sergio Mitre takes the mound tonight.

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  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    It’s a great win.

    In the last two games the Yanks had someone hit for the cycle and now they beat Halladay–on the 4th they won the game but today they actually beat Halladay.

    Good vibes, guys. Good vibes.

  • Accent Shallow

    Definitely a solid win. Surprising to beat Halladay in his last two starts against them, but I am not complaining.

    Unfortunate to see that Hughes and Mo are human.

  • BklynJT

    Second time in a row that Mo relieved Hughes in the 8th and let in runners inherited from Hughes. Good thing we won both those games.

    • yankees=warriors

      Poor Hughes, that’s 2 times in a row that a following reliever has messed up his stat.
      Girardi should place more trust in him and let him finish some of those innings.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        Mo didn’t put those runners on, no one messed up Philly’s stats except himself. If I’m a pitcher and I’m in a jam, I’m feeling pretty good about my chances with Mo coming in to save me.

  • Greg G.

    And they pick up a game in the standings (finally). Lots of positives tonight.

    • Chofo

      They picked it up the night Halladay and Lester pitched. Sweet

  • ARX

    5 runs, 10 hits…103-pitch CG!? Yeesh. Crossing my fingers and hoping Mitre keeps us in the game and we can pull off a 5-4 trip even after that lost weekend in Chicago.

    • Greg G.

      Roy Halladay = “Even when he’s bad, he’s good.”

  • JGS

    thank you Evan Longoria for guaranteeing that the Yankees will be in first place at the beginning of the Boston series no matter what happens to Mitre tomorrow

    • JobaWockeeZ

      What if the Yanks get swept again? Anything is possible.

      • JGS

        hence why I said no matter what they will be in first at the beginning of the Boston series

  • Drew

    Great game today. Any time Mo allows a runner to score you expect bad things to happen but alls well that ends well. AP has looked pretty good recently and hopefully it continues.

    It’s stupid that I’m confident tomorrow with Mitre going but I am. Plus, we’re facing RzserysianskysWTF.

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      I’d like to buy a vowel.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Yanks beat Halladay, Rays beat Boston after wearing down their pen … great day all around.

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      A welcome change of pace after that series on the South Side while the Sox were beating up on the O’s.

  • Josh

    Tex’s shot was to right, not dead center. Just sayin’

    • Greg G.

      This is a tough crowd.

    • Oti

      Matsui’s HR was to dead center, that’s probably where the confusion lies. That might also have been the longest of the 3, although probably close with Tex’s.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Damn, that’s right. Rios started to go back, then said fuck it.

  • Hola

    RAYS WIN! RAYS WIN!

    • Charlie

      why’s everyone so excited? i know its hard to root for the sox, but i’d like the rays to be buried just as much as, if not more than the sox falling a game behind.

      • whozat

        Because the sox are closer, and they’re coming to town this week, so an over-used pen would directly help the Yankees win more games.

        • Charlie

          true, though i’m not sure the over used pen is what most people are thinking about. its just that if the rays fall out of the race it all but assures the yankees of a playoff spot

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            So are you rooting for the Sox to beat the Rays?

            If the Sox beating the Rays would guarantee the Yanks the division championship or a spot in the playoffs, yeah, of course I’d be (reluctantly) rooting for the Sox. But in any situation short of something like that occurring, I’d be very surprised to hear that many Yankees fans would be rooting for the Sox to win.

            • Hola

              bingo

              charlie, you have to be on something to not root for the rays

              • Charlie

                that’s it, i’m on something. that’s why i’m not rooting for a team that has a chance to kick the yankees out of the playoff picture altogether.

            • Charlie

              you realize the rays are in our division and are still a serious threat to the yankees’ playoff chances, right? I absolutely hate the red sox, but them beating the rays wouldn’t be the worst thing. rays-red sox series are a win-win for the yanks. obviously the sox beating the rays doesn’t guarantee anything, but you should see what i’m trying to say

              • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Dude, you need to chill. I do see what you’re saying and was just asking if you’re actually rooting for the Sox and explaining how I see the situation. Yes, I realize the Rays are in the AL East, and no, I’m not turning a blind-eye to your comments nor saying you’re wrong or unreasonable.

                Everything doesn’t have to be a huge bitchy snark-fight around here.

                • jim p

                  Nothing has to be a huge snark-fight around here.

                • Charlie

                  wow, what did i say that was huge, bitchy, and snark-fightish? i’m just explaining why i wasn’t necessarily rooting for the rays tonight. like i said, its a win-win and it would’ve helped the yanks if the rays or sox won tonight

                • Charlie

                  also, what’s a snark?

                • Drew

                  a snark is an obnoxious/sarcastic comment…

                • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  (1) You insinuated I didn’t get what you were trying to say, when I think my comment showed pretty clearly that I’d read your comment and was responding to it [just because someone disagrees with you doesn’t mean they don’t understand your point, and to insinuate the latter can be insulting], and (2) you ask if I know the Rays are in the Yanks division and are a threat to the Yanks, as if I either don’t follow baseball or I’m just a moron [I don’t think too many people who comment on RAB are unaware of those things].

                  I just found the tone of your response to be unnecessarily caustic. Whatever, maybe I’m just not in the mood for RAB comments right now.

                  Snark: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=snark

          • whozat

            Well, the Rangers are closer than the Rays. So, I’m happy that the team a half a game behind us lost tonight and their pen got eaten up.

            besides, there were a lot of people in the other thread that were talking about how good it was that the Sox burnt through every reliever on their roster tonight.

            • Charlie

              i don’t see the rangers as much of a serious threat. and i can see why you’d be happy about the sox losing. i didn’t read through the other thread, and yea, its good that the sox burned through their bullpen

              • whozat

                You’re welcome to your opinion. The Rangers play in a division with one of the worst teams in the AL this year, and the M’s who have staggering OF defense, King Felix and nothing else. And they’re closer to the WC than the Rays are.

                Oh, and they have several of the the most promising young pitchers on the cusp of the majors. It REALLY wouldn’t take much going right for them to kick the crap out of the A’s and M’s for the rest of the year and play well enough against everyone else to threaten for the WC.

              • billbybob

                But the Rangers have Neftali Feliz…Did you see that guy last night? He’s freakin’ incredible.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Longoria ties in the 8th, wins it in the 13th inning with a 2 run shot to left! The RAYS win!

    That is the whip cream on top of the victory, Youkilis slamming his bat into the ground like a pampered spoiled ugly thing of a princess is the cherry on top.

    Game burned out both pens, which is a plus. Hope the Rays wear out the sux’s pen for tomorrow and they’ll go into Bronx with a tired pen.

    • whozat

      The sox only have 11 pitchers right now, I’m sure they’ll bring someone up. Hopefully Penny gets knocked out early and then they beat up on whoever that chump is and force some of these guys to get used again.

      • ShuutoHeat

        I hope Penny gets destroyed in less than 5 innings, then the pen jumps in to get wasted. That’s a good way to prepare them for a trip into the Bronx, battered beatened and tenderized for the Yanks to chew up.

  • Charlie

    The only runs that Hughes has allowed since June 10th have been runners inherited from him by another pitcher. Personally, I woulda left him in to finish the eight. Hey, a win is a win, i’m just sayin’

    • Drew

      I understand what you’re saying but lets be honest.

      Mo>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Phil Hughes

      I like Mo in that spot 100% of the time.

      • Charlie

        fine, although you put in so many > signs it seems like you’re insulting hughes rather than worshiping Mo

        • Drew

          Hey, I’m not insulting Phil. He has all the talent in the world.
          Subtract a few greater than signs, you get my point..

  • Chofo

    I´m grateful. The team gained a game on the standing the night Halladay and Lester were on the mound

    • Tom Zig

      you can’t predict baseball

      • Bo

        That’s why its pointless to write down records based on whos starting.

  • Hola

    You know what’s awesome? Next week, when we face the blue jays, cito gaston will probably hold back one day so he can start next monday against the yanks

    • ARX

      I’m so tempted to say ‘great, then we can lay 5 runs on his ass again!!!’…..but looking at his career numbers against us, I know better :P

  • Hola

    By the way, anyone see how jarrod washburn got lit up by the orioles for 6 runs?

    That guy is a flyball pitcher if i ever saw one.

    • DreDog

      Yeah, there were a bunch of posts on how he had one of the best fielding OF’s in a pitchers park.

      Not getting him might have been a blessing in disguise. That and they wanted A-Jax. WTF?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Well they tried. Doesn’t hurt to ask…kinda.

  • Salty Buggah

    Tex would have like 35 HRs by now if he hit cheapies in addition to the bombs he hits now. Almost EVERY HR of his is an absolute bomb.

    Speaking of HRs, Alex is way overdue so hopefully he hits one tomorrow and plenty in the Sox series.

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      I think Alex might be about to go on a little tear, here. I shouldn’t throw this out there, I’m sure now he’ll slump and someone will save this comment to throw in my face at a later date (which is totally fair and will be funny if it happens)… But I’ve been waiting for him to hit a hot streak, some sort of stat correction-period for him. He’s been very good this year, don’t get me wrong (especially considering the circumstances). But I think he’ll go on a little streak at some point and that BA and SLG will get bumped a bit. He’s been bumping up the BA a bit lately, and you had to love seeing him go to right-center with that Halladay offering in the first inning tonight. When he starts going to the plate with that approach (up the middle/other way) good things usually follow. Fingers-crossed, a big A-Rod streak would make this team very tough to beat, while it lasts.

      • kunaldo

        streak in august, cool off in september, and go buckwild in OCTOBAH! i like.

      • Salty Buggah

        I agree completely and was thinking the same thing.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        I have saved this comment to throw in your face at a later date. You have been notified.

        • Salty Buggah

          Let’s hope you won’t have to for the good of the Yanks.

        • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          You dirty MFer.

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

    This is exactly why Halladay is f’n great. He can give up 5 runs and still pitch a complete game with less than 110 pitchers.

    • Nickel

      When Halladay pitches, the Blue Jays relief pitchers don’t even bother putting their uniforms on.

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

    Oh guess what

    According to Anthony Castrovince at MLB.com, the Indians have designated RHP Jose Veras for assignment. He’ll move to make room for Jess Todd, the player to be named later from the Cardinals in the Mark DeRosa deal.

  • Charlie

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/08/indians-dfa-jose-veras.html

    too bad to see jose suck again.. (not). thank god him and edwar aren’t in our bullpen any more.

    • Bo

      Second that.

  • Salty Buggah

    Mo was shaky but got the job done. Here’s a fun stat from ESPN:

    Since 1995, Mariano Rivera has become the king of the inning-plus save.

    Saves of at least 4 outs

    Mariano Rivera 114
    Keith Foulke 55
    Danny Graves 49
    Trevor Hoffman 47

    • Kiersten

      Joe Torre says hi.

  • Salty Buggah

    I guess our 2-6 hitters basically won the game today themselves (and of course Andy). We just became just the 2nd team to ever hit back to back homers off Roy Halladay (Tampa Bay did it in ’07.

    Also, here’s an oddity considering we have one of the most patient lineups in baseball: Halladay did not go to a three-ball count on any Yankee batter.

  • BigBlueAL

    Just read in the NY Times that Cashman said come playoff time all hands are on deck referring to the pitching staff. So it seems that Joba will be starting come playoff time since Cashman said this referring to not picking up another starter by the trade deadline.

    Joba basically confirmed this by saying that he is looking forward to starting in the playoffs because the big moments is what you play for. Thank Mo….

  • Little Bill

    It was a great, unexpected win. And they picked up a game on the Sox. I was worried the Yankees would get swept in these 2 games. Halladay proved tonight that he’s not a true ace- I read over at LOLHud that the Jays are 1-7 in Halladay’s last 8 starts. Aces don’t lose.

    Tomorrow, I look forward to Sergio Mitre proving that he is a true #5 starter. The bar is set high, but I feel confident that Mitre can come through. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Sergio Mitre = True #5 starter.

    • ranger11

      I hope so. So far he’s pitched like a True #6 starter.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Halladay proved tonight that he’s not a true ace- I read over at LOLHud that the Jays are 1-7 in Halladay’s last 8 starts. Aces don’t lose.

      So you’re actually serious about this point? Wow. There are like…8 things wrong with this statement.

      • jsbrendog

        yeah, seriously. his w/l has NOTHING to do with any of that. Roy Halladay is an ace. Zach Greinke is an ace. CC Sabathia? ace. Johan Santana? ACE.

        just cause teh Johan could’ve won 5-8 more games last yr caus ehis bulpen blew it and his record wasn’t that great, he isnt an ace?

        this statement is ig’nant

      • Little Bill

        Absolutely I’m serious. Halladay’s not an ace and neither is CC. The only true ace in the league is Josh Beckett. If the Yankees had Beckett, they’d be 21-0 in his starts. They’d probably be 100-6 overall because Beckett elevates the play of all others. The only 6 losses coming in games where non true Ace CC choked and gave up a couple runs.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Aaand now I know you’re joking.

    • Frank

      “Halladay proved tonight that he’s not a true ace”- that is just a ridiculous statement.

      • Bo

        Well, we got a winner in the worst statement of the day award. If you don’t think Halladay is top of the line you shouldnt really be here and involved in discussions. Just ridiculous. The guy wasnt even kidding there. Dont know whether to laugh or cry.

        All I know is it would be fun watching Doc work every 5 days in pinstripes.

        • Little Bill

          Buddy, if you couldn’t get the satire in that then you’re the one who doesn’t belong in discussions. It was obviously a jab at those idiots who spout that CC isn’t a true ace. It’s as ridiculous as the true Yankee garbage.

          • Lou Fan 260

            CC is not a true ace. You can count on him to give up five runs in every big game he pitches. Even Sunday 3 run lead given up quickly. We will see him against the Sox at home. I am betting on 7 innings 4 runs a 4-2 loss.

  • pete

    a-rod’s driving in 11 runs in the boston series

  • Frank

    Great win for Yanks. The only thing I would have liked was for Girardi to let Hughes try to get out of the jam. I realize it’s a touchy situation and they needed to win the game, but the fact remains Girardi can’t keep bringing in Mo for 4 out saves. He needs to have confidence in Hughes that he can get through the 8th.

  • Bo

    Just don’t like these 4 out saves from Mo. It is why you have a bullpen. You mean to tell me theres not another reliable arm out there besides Hughes? Let Hughes pitch there and finish that inning. He cant get Wells out?

  • RollingWave

    Rumor floating in Japanese press that the Yankees might consider starter Scranton’s legendary starter. Kei Igawa, next week.

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