The Yanks put together their second complete game in a row tonight against the Minnesota Twins, coming away with a 10–1 win.
Andy Pettitte followed up Carl Pavano’s surprise quality start on Monday with a gem of his own (6IP, 4 hits, 1 walk, 3K’s). The Yanks got all the offense they would need from Alex Rodriguez, in the top of the first A-Rod hit a two-run bomb, his sixth of the season. A-Rod leads the world with 15 RBI, and he’s off to the best start of his career.
The only troubling thing about this game was Scott Proctor’s poor performance out of the pen. Proctor was touched up for a run in 0.2 innings of work, and his ERA now stands at 6.23. He allowed 1 hit and two walks before Luis Vizcaino had to come in and bail him out. Those two may swap spots on Joe Torre’s list of “relievers Joe trusts,” sooner rather than later.
Melky Cabrera broke out of his slump in a big way tonight, going 3–4 with a clutch 2–out RBI early in the game, before it was a blowout. The MelkMan also had a nice catch in left late in the game.
Mo Rivera came in for a pressure-less ninth inning: 10 pitches, 3 outs, a sweat was not broken. Mo did break out his change-up for the first time in live action. I’m wondering if he’ll use it in an actual save situation.
Moose Knuckle on the hill to go for the sweep tomorrow night on get-away Wednesday. Check back later on for the “On Deck.”
Player of the Game: Andy Pettitte. I gave A-Rod serious consideration here, just because he’s as hot as I’ve ever seen him, but the innings out of the rotation are huge.