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New York Yankees 9, Tampa Bay Rays 5: Bullpen Comes Up Big As The Yankees Take The Series

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UPDATE: 7:00 PM: Erik Boland is reporting that Brian Cashman said Mitre will take Pettitte's spot in the rotation. I don't like this move at all. Why risk the injury to Mitre, who rehabbed for a relief role with the team?

UPDATE: 6:40 PM: Jon Heyman is now reporting that Ivan Nova could be the pitcher that replaces Pettitte. He echoes that Pettitte will go on the DL.

UPDATE: 5:50 PM: Andy Pettitte will likely need a DL stint. The options for Saturday to take his place include (not sure if there are any more) Dustin Moseley, Sergio Mitre, and Chad Gaudin. I'd take Nova over all of them except Mitre, but in this situation over Mitre as well, as it is not worth risking an injury to him.

This was not one of the best played games of the Yankees season. The Yankees did not play gloriously and did not outplay the Rays by much. However, this was one of the most important games of the season for the Yankees. So much good came out of this game, following a start that had bad written all over it.

First inning, Carlos Pena three-run home run. Third inning, Andy Pettitte left the game with a groin injury. At this point it seemed like the Yankees were doomed. With their only two long men out after pitching yesterday, the Yankees bullpen seemed hopeless.

Then the Yankees brought in David Robertson, down 3-2 in the 3rd, and he shut down the Rays. Bottom 3rd, Yankees tied the game up. Robertson pitched 1.2 scoreless innings. The decision was a great one by Girardi: if he put in another pitcher, and that pitcher struggled, the Yankees would be much more likely to lose.

Then came Chan Ho Park. Uh oh, here we go again, right? Wrong. 1.1 scoreless innings for Park.

Boone Logan and Joba Chamberlain both pitched 1.2 innings and both gave up one run. Logan was solid outside of a solo home run by Gabe Kapler. Joba was impressive in his first inning, but struggled in his second, giving up three hits overall.

Mariano came in with two outs in the ninth and got Reid Brignac to pop out on one pitch to end the game.

 

As for the hitting, in the bottom of the 5th the Yankees scored four runs. Bottom 6th and 7th the Yankees scored a run a piece. The highlight? Alex Rodriguez' 598th home run off of Randy Choate Andy Sonnanstine the bottom of the 7th inning.

It's a great sign for the Yankees that they were able to beat up David Price, who gave up seven hits and seven runs in five innings of work. Chan Ho Park got the win for the Yankees.

Comment of the Game: Edgware's joke about me joining MLB Daily Dish as a front page writer. (Don't worry, I'll write the same as usual here.)