Monday, August 31, 2009

Andy not only dandy but almost perfect

Andy Pettitte was awesome tonight coming 7 outs away from a perfect game. He had 2 outs and no one on in the 7th inning when a hard grounder was hit to Jerry Hairston Jr. at third and he booted it. The next guy got a hit and then he got out of the inning. If Jerry Hairston Jr. made that play you wonder what would of happened as he would of been in the 8th inning with a perfect game. He ended up giving up a run on 2 hits with 0 walks and 8 strikeouts. Brian Bruney came on in the ninth giving up 2 hits and getting one out before Mariano Rivera had to come in for his 33rd save in a row and 37th of the season. The Yankees offense was led by Nick Swisher who had 3 hits and a rbi. Derek Jeter had a hit and a walk and Johnny Damon had a rbi single. Mark Teixeira had a hit and a walk, Robinson Cano had 2 hits and 2 rbi's and Melky Cabrera had 2 hits. The story of the game clearly though was Andy Pettitte, he completed 8 innings for the first time this season. I really thought he might pitch the perfect game, that is how good he looked tonight but it wasn't meant to be and he was good about it after the game. He said that Jerry Hairston wouldn't look at him and finally he had to go up to him and just hug him and say it is ok. He also said he told him I didn't want to pitch 9 innings anyway. The Yankees will play game 2 tomorrow with A.J. Burnett on the mound, A.J. is trying to get a win for the first time in 7 starts.

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