Yankees Defeat Blue Jays 4-2 In Doubleheader Opener
Tuesday night was supposed to be a grand return of Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, but Mother Nature had other plans, forcing last night's game to be rescheduled for this afternoon. Despite the change of schedule, Pettitte still tossed 75 pitches in five shutout innings, leading the Yankees to a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays. This afternoon's victory in Game One of a day-night doubleheader gave the Yankees a half-game lead over the Orioles for first place in the American League East.
Pettitte would run into trouble in the second, third and fourth innings, allowing two runners on base in each of those innings. But the left-hander would work his way out of trouble and pick up his fourth win of the season (4-3, 2.97 ERA). The star player of the game was Ichiro Suzuki, who not only went 3-for-4 at the plate, but made a potential game-saving catch to end a Toronto rally in the top of the eight.
On the losing side, Toronto's starter Henderson Alvarez gave up the first three of the Yankees' four runs, earning the loss and dropping his record to 9-13 on the season. One of the few bright spots in the game was Omar Vizquel, who not only played multiple positions in the field, but also went 2-for-4 at the plate to surpass Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list.
These two AL East rivals will be back in action this evening for the night-cap of the doubleheader, as David Phelps will take on Ricky Romero. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., with coverage from the Yankees Radio Network beginning at 6:30 on "The Team."