The Yankees bounced back from a Friday night loss to the Mariners by beating them 3-1 on Saturday behind a great start by Andy Pettitte In Seattle.
Pettitte went 7.1 innings and gave up just one run on three hits while walking none and striking out six. He was vintage Andy too, hitting his spots and keeping Seattle hitters off balance all night. The only run came on a sac fly in the fourth inning that briefly tied it at 1-1.
Meanwhile, the Yankees offense was not great by any means, but did just enough for the victory. Robinson Cano got them started with a RBI-single in the first that gave them a 1-0 lead. Jayson Nix re-took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when he drove in Brett Gardner. Then Nix provided a little insurance when he drove in Gardner again in the seventh to make it 3-1.
• Nix went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base (7). He’s quietly been on a impressive hot streak and has hit .341/.396/.409 over his last 13 games. The bulk of that damage has come against lefties who he’s hit .438/.526/.438 in the small sample size of seven games.
• If Nix is hot, Gardner is hotter. He went 3-for-5 and has hit .328/.381/.603 over his last 16 games. He’s currently on a six game hitting streak as well.
• Vernon Wells had been ice cold until he went 2-for-4 on Saturday. His last multi-hit game was on May 13.
• Youkilis is still not hitting since coming off the DL. In eight games since he’s been back he’s hit just .179/.233/.286 and has played poor defense too.
• David Robertson continued his great season in the bullpen with 0.2 shutdown innings. Funny thing is that his K/9 of 10.7 is his lowest since 2010, but it’s been fine because his BB/9 of 2.8 is the lowest of his career.
• Mariano Rivera is just amazing. He’s 43. Forty-three! And he has a 1.54 ERA, an 8.9 K/9 and a 1.2 BB/9 with batters hitting just .236/.269/.315. There is a decent chance I will cry when he retires.
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