Yeah, that actually happened.
Andy Pettitte pitched 6.2 innings, gave up three runs on six hits, walked one and struck out five. More importantly, he didn’t give up a run in the first inning. At the start of tonight’s game, Pettitte’s first inning ERA was 8.57. Yikes.
Alfonso Soriano continued his hot hitting, finishing 3-4 with four RBI and a home run. It was his 25th of the season and 5th this week. Actually, 6th if we’re counting last Sunday (against the Tigers) in this current week.
Mark Reynolds also hit a home run in his first at bat as a Yankee because of course he did. Vernon Wells was the only one in the lineup without a hit but he walked and later scored on Reynolds’ home run in the second inning.
The Yankees were up 7-3 going into the top of the ninth inning. They tacked on three more runs thanks first to Soriano and Rodriguez hitting back-to-back singles, then executing a double steal. Ichiro Suzuki drove in Soriano on a single and Reynolds followed with a single to score A-Rod. Then Chris Stewart hit a single which drove in Suzuki for the 10th run.
The bullpen, mainly Joba Chamberlain made things a little hairy in the bottom of the ninth, he gave up two hits and a walk to load the bases and Joe Girardi had to bring David Huff into the game to get the last out. He did and the Yankees won.
Red Sox starter Felix Doubront only lasted four innings and gave up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits and gave up both Soriano’s and Reynolds’ home runs.
Pettitte was able to keep the offense at bay most of the game and didn’t run into trouble until the seventh inning.
It was the 253rd win of Pettitte’s career.
From Elias Sports: Alfonso Soriano is the first player in Major League Baseball history with 12 hits and 18 RBI in a four-game span.