We can sum this one up pretty quickly: Pettitte did his job (6IP, 2 earned, 5 hits, 3 walks, 5 Ks); The middle relief did not (Vizcaino blew the lead in the seventh); The offense came through against the Rangers’ pen (Matsui came up with a big double in the eighth to regain the lead for the Yanks); and Mo was Mo. (11 pitches, 8 strikes, 3 outs, 1 save).
All told, it was a good start to the Yanks’ first doubleheader of the year. The Melk Man broke out of his season-long slump, going 3 for 4 with a triple, and Farnsworth pitched a clean eighth inning.
Going into the second game, the Yanks will have a well-rested Proctor, Bruney, Henn and Myers to turn to, and Mo will definitely be available for another save. 35 minutes ‘til first pitch. Nothing better than a doubleheader!
Player of the Game: Mariano Rivera, finding his groove, making hitters look silly.