When Andy Pettitte was on the disabled list with elbow
tendinitis, Lilly took his place and threw a one-hitter. With
Orlando Hernandez still sidelined by a strained back, Lilly pitched
Saturday for the first time in two weeks and was brilliant again.
Lilly pitched a three-hitter and struck out a career-high 11 for
his first major league shutout as the Yankees beat the
San Diego Padres 1-0 on Saturday.
Lilly knows he doesn't need to prove anything to manager Joe
"When he gives me the ball, I'm happy to take it,'' Lilly said.
On Saturday, he didn't want to give it up when Mel Stottlemyre
asked him after the eighth inning if he wanted to finish.
"I felt I needed to, since we were in a 1-0 game,'' Lilly said.
"Maybe it would be different if was 8-0, 9-0. I was a little
tired, but it was something that I didn't want him to know.''
Lilly went back out and pitched a perfect ninth for his second
While Lilly gave the Yankees' bullpen a badly needed rest, New
York spoiled the big league debut of Padres right-hander Jake Peavy
(0-1) in front of a crowd of 60,021, the biggest in baseball this
"It was the best moment of my life when I walked off the field
to a standing ovation,'' Peavy said."It was awesome.
"I knew that my job wasn't to be awestruck by it, but to come
out and pitch,'' he said."That's what these guys expected me to
do and that's what I did to the best of my ability. I didn't have
great stuff but I was able to pitch with what I had.''
Peavy, whose contract was purchased from Double-A Mobile on
Friday, became the seventh Padres pitcher -- and fourth starter -- to
make his big league debut this year. He started in place of
Bobby Jones, who went on the disabled list Friday with a strained right
Soriano hit Peavy's first pitch, a 90-mph fastball, down the
left-field line. After Derek Jeter struck out, Giambi doubled off
the right-field fence to score Soriano. Giambi was thrown out
trying to take third by center fielder Mark Kotsay.
After Giambi's double, Peavy retired 12 straight batters before
walking John Vander Wal with two outs in the fifth.
"He could have crumbled in the first inning, but he
responded,'' manager Bruce Bochy said."He didn't seem in awe of
Lilly (3-5) allowed just three singles, and only two runners got
as far as second. He struck out 10 or more for the second time in
his career while walking only two.
When Hernandez comes off the disabled list, Lilly will go back
to the bullpen. Hernandez was scheduled to make his first rehab
start Saturday night for Triple-A Columbus, at Scranton.
Lilly understands the situation.
"It's pretty easy if I look at the track record of the guys
that are out there, our first four starters,'' Lilly said.
"They've gone out there for years and proven themselves and
they're going to go out there and pitch. That's what I'm trying to
do, go out there and get my time in and find a way to win games
Manager Joe Torre said Lilly has the right attitude.
"He's not trying to make a case for himself that he should be
pitching and somebody else shouldn't,'' Torre said."he's accepted
whatever's going to happen along the way. It's part of being in the
big leagues on this ballclub. I think that in itself is probably
the healthiest thing.''
The Yankees' staff had allowed 38 runs in the previous four
games, including a 9-1 loss to the Padres Friday night and 29 runs
to Colorado in the highest-scoring three-game series at Coors
Field. The Yankees scored 41 runs in the Colorado series, their
highest-scoring three-game series since 1951.
Peavy singled for his first big league hit with two outs in the
fifth, when his fly ball to shallow center field fell in.
Giambi was back in the lineup and batting third after
missing Friday night's game with a jammed right thumb. ... Padres
1B Ryan Klesko missed his second straight start with a sore right
wrist and forearm, which he hurt while diving for a a grounder in
Thursday night's loss to Boston. Klesko tried to hit off a tee
before the game but couldn't go. ... The Padres will set an
attendance record for a three-game series this weekend. As of
Friday night, the team had sold 159,335 tickets for the Yankees
series, breaking the old record of 158,010 set June 15-17, 2001,