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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Game recap: Pirates at Yankees 6/9/07

The Yankees seem to have found a viable option as their fifth starter. Minor league call-up and future hall of famer Roger Clemens (1-0) pitched six innings Saturday afternoon, while striking out seven and giving up three earned runs, as the Yankees defeated the Pirates 9-3 for their fifth-straight win overall.

Clemens struggled in the first inning, giving up a run on an Adam LaRoche single. The Pirates wouldn't score until the fourth, when they scored two more runs on a Jack Wilson double. However, that would be all they could score today.

Clemens was taken out after throwing 108 pitches.

The Yankees bats were hot from the first inning. They scored three runs on an Alex Rodriguez ground out, Jorge Posada single and a Wilson fielding error in the first. They also tacked on runs, as they scored in every inning from the fifth-on.

Despite not getting a hit, Rodriguez drove in two runs. Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu, and Robinson Cano all had multi-hit games. The Yankees had 11 hits overall. Abreu's batting average is now at a more respectable .260.

The bullpen was solid in relief. The Yankees used Brian Bruney, Kyle Farnsworth, and Luis Vizcaino. They were able to get nine outs without allowing a run.

Pirates starter Paul Maholm was hit hard. He gave up five runs (three earned) over 5 1-3 innings. He fell to 2-9 on the year.

With this win, the Yankees are now only two games under .500. Tyler Clippard will face off against ex-Yankee Shawn Chacon tomorrow afternoon.

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nextdayref1 said...

I'm a HUGE Yankees fan but I have to admit I thought the Rocket was going to get shelled tonight. I'm very happy the end result was a win for the Yankees as well as Roger. I just didn't want to see a first ballot hall of famer come out of retirement and not live up to his standards....and ours as well.


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