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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Game recap: Diamondbacks at Yankees 6/14/07

The Yankees were finally able to score runs for Andy Pettitte Thursday afternoon. The Yankees' left-hander won for the first time since May 23 to even his personal record at 4-4, as the team beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1 to finish off a three-game sweep.

Pettitte pitched eight innings, allowing only four hits and one earned run. He struck out four Diamondbacks and only walked one.

The Diamondbacks' only run came in the second inning, on a Scott Hariston RBI groundout after a Mark Reynolds leadoff double and a Chad Tracy productive groundout.

Pettitte's eight innings were rather trouble-free. He had three 1-2-3 innings and induced two double plays.

The Yankees offense helped Pettitte out from the beginning. They were able to load the bases with no outs in the first inning against Doug Davis (4-8). They were able to come away with two runs, one on an Alex Rodriguez walk and the other on a Hideki Matsui RBI groundout.

They were then able to tack on two more runs in the third inning. Bobby Abreu lead off the inning with a walk. Rodriguez was able to follow with a double to left, scoring Abreu and taking third on a misplay. After a Jorge Posada groundout, Matsui was able to drive home Rodriguez on a double.

The Yankees put the game out of reach in the bottom of the seventh inning, when they scored three more runs. Rodriguez lead off with a single, followed by a Posada single and a Matsui single. Matsui's base hit scored Rodriguez, and a bad throw from center fielder Chris Young allowed Posada to score as well. A single from Josh Phelps drove home Matsui.

Matsui was the team's best hitter this game. He went 3-4 with three RBIs. Rodriguez also added three hits as the designated hitter for the first time this season. Playing third base instead was Miguel Cairo.

A single by Abreu in the first inning extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

Scott Proctor worked a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the victory.

With this win, the Yankees have now won nine in a row and 12 of their last 14. They will begin a three-game series against the Mets starting tomorrow night. Roger Clemens will face off against Oliver Perez.


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