In the final game of the series, the New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 7-5. Andy Pettitte got the win and Alfredo Aceves got the save for the Yanks to give them a sweep of the O’s. The win puts the Yankees at 19-8 on the year before they begin another road trip, starting off in Boston.

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Initial Reaction:

Andy Pettitte was good, but not great today. In five innings, he allowed only one run, but allowed six hits and walked two while only striking out two. Also, one of his walks came with the bases loaded to walk in an Orioles’ run. It didn’t matter that he wasn’t on today, because the Yankee lineup was too overpowering for David Hernandez and the Baltimore bullpen today.

Positives From The Game:

The Nick’s Got It Goin’ On: Nick Johnson and Nick Swisher both belted solo home runs deep to right field.

2-3-4: The 2-4 hitters (Johnson, Teix, A-Rod) haven’t been great thus far this year. However, today they had a combined OBP of .667 today, highlighted by Nick Johnson going 3 for 3 with two walks.

Negatives From The Game:

Pettitte Going 5?: Again, Pettitte didn’t do bad today. He was just taken out after five innings. He only threw 77 pitches. Let’s hope the injury bug isn’t biting Andy.

Only Yankee Without a Hit?: Robinson Cano. One name you don’t expect to see on the list. Robby has certainly come back down to Earth this month with a batting average of .250.

Bad Bullpen: Sergio Mitre and Dave Robertson allowed four earned runs over 3.1 innings before Boone Logan came in to allow two walks. In a game where Joba and Mo aren’t available, the rest of the pen needs to do their part of the work.

Interesting Facts:

7: Number of infield hits Brett Gardner has on the season. He also picked up his 11th stolen base today. The dude can run.

3: Number of double plays forced by Andy Pettitte today. They always make the pitcher look good.

Seeing Silver: After receiving Gold Glove awards yesterday, Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter received their Silver Slugger awards today.

What’s Next?:

The Bombers have Thursday off until this. If this doesn’t get your blood boiling and ready for a three-game series with the Red Sox, I don’t know what does.

Projected Starters:

Phil Hughes (3-0, 1.44 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (1-0, 6.31 ERA)