Saturday, June 9, 2007
Roger Clemens was strong in his major league debut, but didn't have to do much to beat the struggling Pirates. After the Pirates got one run in the first inning, the Yankees came right back to score three to give him a comfortable lead. Then Clemens was able to fine tune is pitches to shut down the Pirates through six innings, giving up three runs and striking out seven. He through 69 of 108 pitches for strikes. Although the Pirates tied it in the fourth, the Yankees answered right back in the fifth to regain the lead and then score five more times to win 9-3, their fifth straight win. Good news coming from the game is Roger Clemens felt no discomfort with his groin after the game and Bobby Abreu is hitting again, contributing two hits and an RBI today. He is now batting .260. The Yankees will look to make it six straight wins tomorrow sending rookie Tyler Clippard against former Yankee Shawn Chacon.