A big game on the big stage at the big ballpark in the Bronx.
And, Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter come through – and then some! – for the Yankees. Should we be surprised by any of this?
Say whatever you want about this game…in terms of who did what, etc. But, there’s no way that you cannot say that 90% of this win, if not more, was all about Andy Pettitte throwing an absolute gem of a game for eight innings – along with Derek Jeter providing both a huge two-out, two-run, double in the bottom of the third and a (at the time) game-saving play in the field, in the top of the seventh inning (ending the frame and snuffing out a Rays rally before they could plate a run).
The two old pros, Pettitte and Jeter, really got the job done for the Yanks tonight.
Score this one: Big win.
Granted, in the first seven innings, there were some items of concern for New York:
Bottom of the third, runners on second and third, no outs, and the next two batters whiff (before Jeter’s big double).
Bottom of the fourth, runner on second with one out and the Yanks cannot move the runner.
Bottom of the fifth, runners on first and second, no outs, and the next batter whiffs – followed by an inning-ending GIDP.
For a while, it looked like the Yankees failures (above) may have come back to haunt them in this one. But, that Jeter play in the seventh, followed by the offense waking up in the eighth, was enough to lock this one down for New York.
Again: Big win. Especially with Sir Sidney going for the Yankees tomorrow afternoon.