Sunday, August 11, 2013

Rivera blows another save, but Gardner again bails him out as Bombers take rubber game

Andy Pettitte gave up just 1 run in 4.1 innings of work as the Yankees took today's rubber game over the Tigers, 5-4. Pettitte should've gotten a win today, but he really was terrible. I'll just say this: when he was taken out, in the fifth inning, he had somehow already thrown 101 pitches. 

Another thing that should keep Andy up tonight is the fact he had a 4-1 lead when he was taken out. Those four runs (A-Rod's first home run of the season and an RBI Single, solo homer by Soriano, sac fly from Nunez) should've been more than enough for him to just get through one more inning, but apparently not. Honestly, I want to him retire at the end of the year. He's a great player, but it seems like his best days are behind him at this point. 

Another guy who's best days appear to be behind home right now would be Mariano Rivera, who blew another save this afternoon. Despite leading 4-2 heading into the top of the ninth, Mo could not hold the lead, giving up two solo homers in the inning to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. But, as the title of this post says, he was bailed out again by Brett Gardner. On Friday night, Gardner won the game with an RBI Single. Today, he won it with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, making the final score 5-4. With this win, the Yankees are still above .500 at 59-57, a solid 7 games out of the wild card.  

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