After being wowed by the Reds' arms all weekend, the Yankees needed a hundred dollar bill performance on Sunday from their veteran, Andy Pettitte. And that's exactly what they got. Pettitte was able to get himself out of a couple of dicey-looking jams, in the fourth and the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, Pettitte fanned the pesky Joey Votto and then Jay Bruce to end the inning. It was an overcast day, but the sun peaked-out just as Pettitte delivered the 3-2 pitch past Bruce.
Two innings later, the sky was dark and the wind was whirling around the Stadium. The wind was so violent, kicking up the infield dirt, Brandon Phillips had to step-out of the box several times before he could hit. With runners on the corners and just one out, Pettitte got Paul Janish to pop a bunt up in the air, caught easily by Jorge Posada. Pettitte stood on the mound, straight and tall, his pants rippling against the strong wind. It brought to mind James Agee's description of Buster Keaton: "mulish imperturbability under the wildest of circumstances." Pettitte struck Votto out.
Jason Giambi's mustache looked noticably darker than it did a day earlier. When he was at the plate, it looked as if he was wearing one of those fake Groucho disguises. Whatever he did, it worked, as Giambi collected three hits and a couple of RBI. He also stole a base in the second inning. He ran on a full count pitch to Posada, who took it for strike three. When Giambi was on second, he looked toward the Yankee dugout and gave his boys a little shoulder shimmy shimmy ya.
Kyle Farnsworth served up a solo shot to Junior Griffey in the eighth. It was career dinger #601 for Griffey. Mariano Rivera was called to record a four-out save after Farnsworth left the game with an injury to his finger. Mo worked around two dinky singles to start the ninth, didn't allow a run, and earned his 21st save of the season (in as many chances) as the Yankees salvaged the final game of the homestand, 4-1.