It was 92 degrees in NY, but Andy Pettitte (11-7, 3.96) didn’t care, as he threw one of his most dominant performances of this season, as the Yankees squeaked by the Oakland A’s 2-1.
It was another pitcher’s duel in the Bronx, as Andy went 9 innings, allowed 4 hits, no walks, and 9K. Oakland’s ace Justin Duchscherer (10-6, 1.87) was a tough luck loser.
The Yankees scored their 2 runs thanks to a sacrifice fly by A-Rod, which brought Jeter home, and a solo shot by Jason Giambi. Robinson Cano once again got 2 hits, and Jose Molina gunned down the speedster Rajai Davis to end the game in a caught stealing play (Rajai Davis stole 2nd off of Mariano in yesterday’s game, which lead to the A’s taking the lead). Molina showed that he was able to throw out Rajai, while Jorge Posada was unable to do that yesterday.
Mariano is now 24/24 in saves, as the Yankees complete the SWEEP.
Yankees (53-45) are now only 4.5 games out of 1st place in the AL East, and leaped over the A’s in the Wild Card to be 3.5 games out, with just 2 teams ahead.
If Athletics GM Billy Beane traded for a good hitter instead of pitching and prospects maybe this series would have ended differently.
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