Pettitte's gem puts Yanks in control of Series
Lefty extends postseason dominance in pivotal victory
PHILADELPHIA -- If Reggie Jackson is Mr. October, Andy Pettitte has to be Mr. Postseason.There has never been a more successful pitcher in October baseball than the Yankees left-hander from Texas. His big heart and gritty determination showed why Saturday on a miserable night at Citizens Bank Park.
"We'll come out tomorrow and we'll try to play better and hard," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel after Saturday's loss. "We're that kind of team."Pettitte, who said the rain delay interrupted his normal pregame routine, merely teased the Phillies when they vaulted out to a 3-0 lead after two innings. He then held them in check and even drove in a run himself when the Yankees took a 5-3 lead against struggling, ineffective Cole Hamels. Pettitte said he's been in rain delays a lot this year, "but it really affected me a little bit today. I was heated up, ready to go and felt like I was in a real good place mentally. As I was about to walk out the [clubhouse] door to go to the bullpen, they shut me down." He was brilliant at snuffing out the Phillies' left-handed batters. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez were 0-for-9, with six strikeouts.
Fall Classic workhorses
|3.||Waite Hoyt||83 2/3||11|
|Christy Mathewson||101 2/3||11|
|Red Ruffing||85 2/3||10|
|Allie Reynolds||77 1/3||9|
Howard struck out six consecutive times (four in Game 2) before popping up to the shortstop in the sixth inning, then fanned again in the eighth with reliever Damaso Marte, another left-hander, on the mound.
Howard, MVP of the National League Championship Series, is now 2-for-13 with nine strikeouts. He hasn't had a hit since Game 1.
"It was a battle tonight," said Pettitte. "I wasn't able to get my breaking ball over. Fortunately enough, they had some lefties in the lineup that I was able to cut some balls, get away from them in some big situations and able to get some outs when I needed to get some."The Phillies quickly built a 3-0 lead after two innings, but after that -- except for Jayson Werth's second home run of the night, a blast in the sixth -- Pettitte shut the door. "The biggest thing was he closed out our left-handed hitters; he got our left-handed hitters out," said Manuel. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, "You start talking about Utley and Howard and Ibanez, you're talking about three dangerous hitters. I thought Andy located the ball well. He used his fastball well and came inside. He just did a lot of things to get three really good hitters out." After Pettitte punched out Utley, with runners on first and second and two down in the second, he didn't allow a hit until Werth led off the sixth with his homer.
Masters of October
|1.||Andy Pettitte||17||243 1/3|
|3.||Tom Glavine||14||218 1/3|
|Curt Schilling||11||133 1/3|
|10.||Catfish Hunter||9||132 1/3|
Hal Bodley is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.