Andy Pettitte threw seven great innings of two-run ball and the Yankees used a six-run 8th inning as they topped the D’Backs, 9-3. Alex Rodriguez got back on track tonight, hitting his ninth home run of the season. Rookie outfielder Colin Curtis picked up his first big league hit tonight, a two-out, two-run double off of reliever Chad Qualls. Welcome to the show, Colin.

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Initial Reaction:

Yankee fans who stayed up for this game have to be happy with the effort. The offense was clicking, Andy was dealing, and Colin Curtis got his first hit! And Curtis’s parents were there to see it! What a great night! Most importantly though, there was no hold over from yesterday’s debacle.

The top of the eighth innings proved to be key for the Yanks. D’Back starter, Dan Haren, kept the Yanks off-balance for seven innings. However, there isn’t a better team who chases starters from games and exposes vulnerable bullpens.

Arizona reliever, Esmerling Vasquez started the eighth inning, but did not record an out.  Two runs crossed the plate as all five Yankees reached base against him. Chad Qualls came in relief of Vasquez, but didn’t provide much support. The Yanks touched him up for four runs.

Positives From The Game:

Andy Is A Dandy: Really, how many times have I typed this saying this season? Pettitte is having the best start of his sixteen year career. With tonight’s win, Pettitte moves to 9-2 with a 2.48 ERA! All-Star Andy would be a better saying.

Let’s not forget Pettitte had a fifth inning single off Arizona starter, Dan Haren. Pitchers are hitters, too!

A-Bomb 592: Alex Rodriguez crushed his ninth home run of the year tonight, his 592nd career blast. Rodriguez has been dealing with a minor power outage, going 45 at-bats in between home runs, his second longest stretch of the season. As a fan, it feels like he’s about to break out…

Back-To-Back Jorge: Jorge Posada caught back-to-back contests for the first time since May 13th. He went 0 for 3 with an RBI. Expect Francisco Cervelli to catcher tomorrow’s finale, giving Posada two days off before Friday’s game against the Dodgers.

Top of the 8th: After Pettitte blew Cole Gillespie away with a 93 MPH fastball to end the seventh inning, the Yankee offense scored six runs to extend their lead from 3-2 to a comfortable 9-2 advantage.

Negatives From The Game:

Dan ‘Base Hit’ Haren: Haren was responsible for the only two runs scored off of Pettitte tonight. Haren took a Pettitte fastball to the opposite field for a two-out, two RBI single in the second inning. Haren raised his batting average to a staggering .452.

Interesting Facts:

98 MPH: Joba Chamberlain hit 98 MPH on the gun at least five times during the eighth inning. Tonight may have been the best Joba has looked all season….Keep it up, Jobber.

+1: Every other team in the AL East lost tonight, so the Yanks picked up a game on the field!

$6,500: Kim Jones of the YES Network reported that it would cost $6,500 for a group to rent the Bank One Ballpark swimming pool during a D’Backs game. It can apparently accommodate 35 people and the D’Backs will even cater! Wow! What a great place for a NYSOS outing.

What Was Your Favorite Moment Of The Win?

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What’s Next?:

Tomorrow is the rubber game of this three-game set. Time to take it!

Wednesday, 10:10 PM, YES: Javier Vazquez (6-6, 5.01 ERA) vs. Dontrelle Willis (2-2, 4.78 ERA)

Last Start:
Vazquez: Loss, seven innings, one earned run, four strikeouts (vs. New York Mets)
Willis: ND, five innings, five earned runs, four strikeouts (at Detroit)

Career Stats:
Vazquez: 5-3, 3.74 ERA (14 starts)
Willis: 0-1, 2.25 (1 start)

**Since landing with Arizona, Willis is 1-0 with a 4.20 ERA in three starts.