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Andy Pettitte Wins First Game of Twin Bill Against Toronto Blue Jays

September 19th, 2012 at 4:04 PM
By Karen Vankat

The New York Yankees won the first game of a day-night doubleheader over the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2 behind the return of Andy Pettitte to the rotation.

'' photo (c) 2010, Chris Ptacek - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

This was Pettitte's first game since coming off the DL and he didn't disappoint throwing 75 pitches over five scoreless innings and gave up four hits with two walks while striking out three.

Andy threw 44 pitches for strikes and though he only had his cutter and slider working Pettitte was able to get out of two runner jams in the second, third and fourth innings.

New York gave the lefty an early lead in the first with back-to-back singles by Ichiro Suzuki and Nick Swisher. Robinson Cano batting third would double them home. Alex Rodriguez would ground out to first advancing Cano to third and Curtis Granderson would hit a sacrifice fly to plate Robby for the third run of the inning.

After the shaky first Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez would settle down and allow only two hits over the next six innings of work. Alvarez ended up going seven innings and allowed the three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Once Pettitte reached his pitch count manager Joe Girardi started to mix and match out of the bullpen using six relievers. This decision was puzzling since this was the first game of a doubleheader and who knows what will happen later.

Clay Rapada, Derek Lowe, Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan combined for two innings of work and allowed only two hits with no runs.

'Ichiro Suzuki' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

David Robertson would come in the eighth and give up two runs on four hits with two strikeouts. Rafael Soriano would be called upon to get out the final out with runners on second and third. Soriano would load the bases and Suzuki would make a sliding basket catch in left to end the inning and prevent the Blue Jays from taking the lead. Soriano would also pitch the ninth for his 41st save of the season.

The Yankees tacked on an insurance run in the eighth with a two out double by Suzuki who scored on a single by Swisher, making it 4-2.

David Phelps will pitch the second game tonight against Ricky Romero in the 7:05 p.m. start. at the Stadium. With the win the Bombers have a 1/2 game lead over the Baltimore Orioles who play the Seattle Mariners later tonight.

Yankee Notes

Derek Jeter sat out the first game, but is expected to play at shortstop for the second game of the twin bill.

Ichiro Suzuki hitting out of the lead off position went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano each went 2-for-4 with an RBI each.

Except for the top three in the order Suzuki, Swisher and Cano, the rest of the team went 0-17.

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Tags: Andy Pettitte, Baseball, Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, Toronto Blue Jays

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