Andy Pettitte was absolutely dominant in the Yankees 11-2 win today. He went seven innings, allowing one run on four hits. He did not walk a hitter and retired his last 14 hitters in a row. Pettitte’s record moves to 7-1 while carrying a minuscule 2.48 ERA. Alex Rodriguez provided the offense with a 7th inning grand slam and finished with six total RBIs. Every Yankee starter had at least one hit as the Yankees won this series, three games to one.

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Initial Reaction:

The Yankees entered the bottom of the seventh inning with a 2-1 lead. After Rodriguez’s grand slam and an onslaught of Yankee hits, the Yankees piled on nine more runs over the last two innings to cruise to an 11-2 victory.

Derek Jeter needed to be lifted for a pinch runner in the 7th inning. Jeter was hit by a pitch in the right hamstring during the 2nd inning. It looked like his removal was solely precautionary.

Positives From The Game:

Andy is a Dandy: I feel like I’ve been writing this phrase all season. Pettitte once again turned in an excellent performance. Pettitte retired 14 straight and had four straight 1-2-3 innings before exiting after the Yankees lengthy 7th inning. This marked his second straight strong start.

7th Heaven: The 7th inning has been the decisive inning in each of the four games. The Yankees scored four, five, and six runs respectively in their wins on Friday, Sunday, and today. The 7th inning was also their undoing on Saturday as they yielded seven Cleveland runs.

Swishalicious: Nick Swisher finished the month of May with a .368 batting average. Swisher smacked seven home runs and scored 22 runs. Swisher reached base 47% of the time during the month and single-handily won games against the Twins and Orioles. Let’s hope he carries the hot hitting into June.

Negatives From The Game:

Jet Gunned Down: Brett Gardner was caught stealing second base twice today. Coming into today, he had only been caught twice all season.

Interesting Facts:

5 for 5: Mark Teixeira has been intentionally walked five times as a Yankee. In all five of those at-bats following the walk, Alex Rodriguez is a perfect 5 for 5. He has hit two grand slams in that spot this year.

14: Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 14 games after his 7th inning home run.

20: A-Rod now has 20 career grand slams, good for 3rd place on the all-time list. He is three behind Lou Gehrig and one behind Manny Ramirez.

236, 100: Today marked Andy Pettitte’s 236th career victory, tying him with Whitey Ford for 58th place on the all-time wins list. The win also moved Andy Pettitte 100 wins above his loss total (236-136).

+100 Wins: Every pitcher with at least 219 wins who has 100 more wins than losses has made the Hall of Fame. Randy Johnson (303-166), Greg Maddux (355-227), Roger Clemens (354-184), Tom Glavine (305-203), Pedro Martinez (219-100), Mike Mussina (270-153), and Andy Pettitte (236-136) have also accomplished this goal, but are not yet eligible for the Hall.

What’s Next?

‘The Birds are back in town’. The Orioles come to the Bronx for a three-game set.

Tuesday, 7:05 PM, YES: Brian Matusz (2-5, 5.79 ERA) vs. Javier Vazquez (3-5, 6.86 ERA)

Last Start:
Matusz: Loss, five innings, six earned runs, four strikeouts (vs. Oakland)
Last vs. NYY: Loss, six innings, one earned run, two strikeouts
Vazquez: Loss, 5 2/3 innings, five earned runs, two strikeouts (at Minnesota)
Last vs. BALT: 2008; ND, eight innings, one earned run, seven strikeouts

Career Stats:
Matusz: 1-2, 2.37 ERA (two starts); 1-1, 1.38 ERA at Yankee Stadium
Vazquez: 6-2, 4.80 ERA (twelve starts)

**Vazquez has not won a game as a starting pitcher at Yankee Stadium this season.
**Matusz has not won a start since April 18th at Oakland.