Monday, March 17, 2008

Yanks Defeat the Rival Red Sox

The Yankees improve to 9-7 for the spring with today's victory over the hated Boston Red Sox today at the soon to be named Steinbrenner Field 8-4. Andy Pettitte got the start for the Yankees, he looked sharp and his elbow seemed to be fine, although he did say he didn't feel 100% comfortable. Pettitte threw 3.1 IP and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits. He also struck out 3 and walked 2. Pettitte's line would have been even better had Johnny Damon not lost a ball in the sun leading to a couple runs. Pettitte also gave up a solo HR to Kevin Youkilis. Heath Phillips pitched .2 of an inning and gave up 1 run on 3 hits. Johnathan Albaladejo had a good outing, pitching 1.1 innings and allowing no runs on 2 hits and a walk, he also struck out 1. Billy Traber was very good again, he pitched 1.2 perfect innings, and struck out 2. Brian Bruney and Scott Strickland pitched a scoreless inning each. Bruney was throwing very hard, consistantly hitting 99 and 100 MPH on the YES network gun, which is probably a little fast.

Pettitte (W, 1-0)3.13332315.63
Phillips (H, 3)0.23110009.00
Albaladejo (H, 2)1.12001104.91
Traber (H, 1)1.20000200.00
Bruney (H, 2)1.00001203.38
Strickland 1.00000204.50


The Yankee offense jumped all over Bartolo Colon in the first inning scoring 4 times and knocking the portly right-hander out of the game after just .2 of an inning. The Yankees loaded the bases, then Hideki Matsui (2-for-2, 3 RBI) and Robinson Cano (2-for-3, 2 RBI)both followed with 2-run doubles. The Yanks scored 3 more runs in the 2nd off Freddy Krueger Julian Tavares. Bobby Abreu (2-2, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 3R, BB ) hit a two-run home run and and following a Jason Giambi double, Matsui picked up his third RBI of the day with a single. The Yankees final run came in the 4th when Abreu scored on a Jorge Posada DP (0-for-3, R). Jason Giambi (2-for-3, 2B, R) had two hits on the day.

Damon, LF4000020.242
Ransom, LF1000000.269
Jeter, SS3210000.233
Gonzalez, SS1000000.263
Abreu, RF2322100.462
a-Lane, PH-RF2000000.257
Giambi, 1B3120012.375
b-Ensberg, PH-1B1010000.333
Posada, C3100113.160
Anson, C0000000.333
Matsui, DH4133000.333
Cano, 2B3022001.447
Castro, B, 2B1000000.231
Betemit, 3B2000112.161
Green, 3B1010000.167
Cabrera, CF3000002.375
Gardner, B, CF1000001.417

a-Popped out for Abreu in the 6th. b-Singled for Giambi in the 6th.

2B: Matsui (2, Colon), Giambi (2, Tavarez), Abreu (2, Tavarez).
HR: Abreu (2, 2nd inning off Tavarez, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Jeter; Abreu 6; Giambi 3; Ensberg; Matsui 4; Cano 2; Green.
RBI: Matsui 3 (4), Cano 2 (11), Abreu 2 (6).
2-out RBI: Matsui 3; Cano 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera; Betemit.
GIDP: Posada.
Team LOB: 7.


The next game for the Bombers will be tomorrow afternoon at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Va. Jeff Karstens will start for the Yankees, and freshman right-hander Austin Wates will start for the Hokies. The game starts at 3:00 p.m., and can be seen on YES and MLB.TV.