Andy Pettitte went 7 innings and allowed two runs in leading the Yankees to a victory in the first night game at the new park. Brian Bruney finally allowed a run, but Mariano Rivera shut the door on the A’s in the 9th. Brett Gardner had a big 2-run single, and Johnny Damon blasted a long home run.
What I Liked
1) Andy Pettitte- Andy was a bit erratic in allowing 9 hits, but continued to avoid the base on balls and went deep into the game for his third straight start. With Chien-Ming Wang struggling, top of the rotation type performances from Pettitte have been vital in keeping the Yankees afloat. He looks poised to have a great season.
2) Mariano Rivera and Brian Bruney- Bruney did get hit around a bit for the first time since Opening Day, but limited the damage and did not fall into his old pitfall of avoiding the plate and walking batters. Thankfully, his run allowed came in a game where the team had a 3 run lead. Wow, I wish Joba had been available to lock that margin down! Rivera was his typical great self, allowing a hit but retiring the side on 12 pitches. He also notched the Yankees only strikeout of the game, and has yet to allow a run on the young season.
3) Brett Gardner- He had a big two-run single, and robbed Jason Giambi of a double with a great running catch. He seems to be settling in a bit in the field, but needs to gain some consistency at the plate. He also strikes out too much for a slap hitter.
4) The older players- Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada, and Hideki Matsui combined to go 6-12 with a walk, a homer, and two RBI. It is good to see Matsui starting to hit again after getting a few days off to rest his knees, and Posada and Damon both seem to be heating up.
What I Didn’t Like
1) Nick Swisher- Swish is 3 for his last 21, with three walks and seven strikeouts over that span. He looks a bit befuddled at the plate lately, and has not looked particularly good in the field as well. With Xavier Nady out 4-6 weeks, the Yankees need Swisher to find a consistent level of production.
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