In an afternoon game against the hated Angels, the New York Yankees played great baseball on offense and defense in a 7-1 win. This win puts the Yankees at 12-5 on the season as we enter the last week in April.

Associated Press

Initial Reaction:

Andy Pettitte was simply on fire today. In eight innings, he scattered six hits and one earned run. He had great command of his pitches today, striking out eight compared to walking none. He threw 114 pitches today and 75 of them went for strikes. Demaso Marte had another solid outing, allowing only one hit in the ninth inning.
The Yankees offense was also doing work today. When the Yankees faced Joel Pineiro in Game #8, he was dominant. Today was very different. In six innings, he gave up 11 hits and six earned runs. Leading the offensive charge for the Yankees was Robinson Cano, who continued his impressive start by going 4 for 5 with an RBI.

Positives From The Game:

Brett Gardner: Brett Gardner showed why he belongs in the starting lineup every day. He went 3 for 5 with with two runs and a stolen base. He also gunned down Mike Napoli when he tried to go from 1st to 3rd in the third inning. As of now, it isn’t really a knock on Marcus Thames; Gardner is just playing too well to be on the bench.

Mark Teixeira: Sure he’s batting .123 on the young season and went 1 for 5 today, but his hit was a double which scored the aforementioned Brett Gardner. Also, two of his outs were great defensive plays by the Angels. It will only be a matter of time before the hits start pouring in.

The Swisher Squeeze: In the fourth inning, Nick Swisher laid down a sacrifice bunt to move A-Rod to third and Cano to second. Baseball *genius* Joe Buck questioned this as the Halos intentionally walked Curtis Granderson to face Ramiro Pena and Francisco Cervelli. After a Pena strikeout, Cervelli smoked a single to left field which got the two runs in.

Negatives From The Game:

Not Much: Not too much didn’t go well for the Yankees today. Ramiro Pena was the only Yankee not to reach base by means of a hit or a walk, but six of the Yankees in today’s lineup reached base at least twice.

Interesting Facts:

Joe Buck: Isn’t that good of a commentator. Not interesting or breaking news in any way, but I just figured I’d throw that out there.

9: In the sixth through eighth innings, Andy Pettitte retired the last nine Angels he faced. That’s closing up the game.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will look to take their sixth series on the young season. Huge start tomorrow for Javy Vazquez.

Probable Starters:

Sunday, 3:35PM (YES) Javier Vazquez (1-2, 8.27 ERA) vs. Scott Kazmir (1-1, 7.45 ERA)