Andy Pettitte makes pitching look so easy. As a spectator tonight, I watched Andy methodically work through 7+ innings. Andy scattered seven hits and one walk while striking out eight Royal hitters. Andy tiptoed his way in and out of danger, pacing the Yanks to a comfortable 8-3 win. Andy spent his evening nibbling corners and producing big outs in big spots. This was the type of start Yankee fans are accustomed to seeing from #46.
The Yankee offense, namely A-Rod, gave Andy some breathing room early on. A-Rod launched two long home runs in his first at-bats, silencing critics who claim his power is gone. The Grandy Man also cranked his 14th home run of the season and Derek Jeter collected three hits in five at-bats.
The Yankees will utilize Thursday as a travel day as they head out West to take on the Oakland Athletics.