Dodgers Report: Andy Pettitte

Playoff atmosphere comes early

July, 30, 2013
7/30/13
10:01
PM PT


LOS ANGELES -- The stadium was shaking Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been hot for a long time, but it wasn't until this homestand that Dodger Stadium has felt electric. It erupted in a roaring, throbbing mass Tuesday night after Mark Ellis' single over a leaping Derek Jeter drove in Andre Ethier in the bottom of the ninth inning to give them a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees.

That gave the Dodgers their second consecutive walk-off win. In their past five games, the Dodgers have drawn more than 250,000 fans. The Dodgers have won 27 of their last 33 games and their NL West lead is now 3½ games over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers had a rollicking July, but their bats hit a bit of a cold spell the past two games. They struck out 20 times and couldn't score until the 11th inning Sunday against Cincinnati, and veteran left-hander Andy Pettitte -- who came into the game with a 4.39 ERA -- navigated his way through seven innings pitching to them Tuesday.

Yasiel Puig, though, who was 4 years old when Pettitte made his major league debut in Kansas City on April 29, 1995, did not show much deference to his elder. Puig cranked the first pitch he saw from Pettitte off the top of the center-field wall for a double in the first inning. Puig scored on Hanley Ramirez's line-drive single up the middle.

Lyle Overbay homered off Zack Greinke an inning later, but Juan Uribe hit a towering shot just inside the left-field foul pole into the loge level to give the Dodgers another lead in the second.

Greinke had a so-so outing Thursday against Cincinnati and had his six-game winning streak snapped. He didn't get the win Tuesday, but it was a return to the borderline dominance the Dodgers had seen from Greinke most of July. He gave up only five hits and two runs with seven strikeouts in seven innings.

The Yankees are making their third interleague trip to Dodger Stadium, their first since 2010. The teams split a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium earlier this season.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Juan Uribe
BA HR RBI R
.379 2 6 7
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 5
RBIA. Gonzalez 14
RA. Gonzalez 11
OPSJ. Uribe 1.000
WZ. Greinke 3
ERAD. Haren 2.04
SOH. Ryu 22