On Tuesday night, the New York Yankees shut out the San Diego Padres by a score of 8-0, completing their fifth consecutive win.
On the anniversary of Ron Guidry striking out 18 batters, Andy Pettitte was dealing. Pettitte went a strong seven innings, allowed no runs, walked one batter and struck out nine.
The Yankees started the bottom of the second inning strong with solo home runs by Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi.
With the Yanks leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, New York poured on five more runs. Giambi connected for his second homer of the game, and the Bombers left the inning with a 7-0 cushion.
The Yankees tacked on one more run in the bottom of the eighth, leaving the score 8-0.
Mariano Rivera came into the came in the ninth. Even though it was not a save opportunity, Rivera struck out the side for a Yankee win.
With the win, Pettitte improves his record to 7-5, and now has 171 career victories as a Yankee, passing Guidry on the all-time Yankees' wins list.
Randy Wolf of the Padres took the loss and his record is now an even 5-5 on the year.
Tonight at 7:05 Darrell Rasner of the Yankees (3-4, 3.64 ERA) looks to straighten things out. He will be opposed by former National League Cy Young award-winner Jake Peavy (5-3, 2.64 ERA).
(Side note: I'll be attending the game tonight)