By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 13th, 2013
Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Twins 4 Yankees 1
The New York Yankees offense went back to its one-run ways against the Twins, as they loss 4-1 on Saturday afternoon. The loss moves the Yankees to (51-43) on the season, which is 6.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
The offense for the Yankees got off to a quick start against Samuel Deduno, but after scoring in the first inning they went scoreless. Deduno earned his fifth win of the season going seven innings allowing just one run on six hits and three walks. The lone Yankees run came from a Robinson Cano base-hit that scored Ichiro. The double for Ichiro was his 3,970th hit of his professional career, as he is closing in on 4,000 hits combined between Japan and America.
Yankees Starter Phil Hughes didn’t do as well as Deduno, as Hughes picked up his ninth loss already of the season. The long ball once again was the downfall of Hughes, as he gave up three in the game. Trevor Plouffe was the first Twins player to go deep in the second inning, which was a solo-home run, and his 10th of the season. In the seventh inning Ryan Doumit would hit his ninth home run of the season, which gave the Twins the 2-1 lead. The final blow against Hughes came in the eighth inning, when Pedro Florimon hit a two-run home run to knock Hughes out of the game, and basically end the chances of a Yankees comeback with the way their bats looked. Hughes finished the game going 7.1 innings allowing four runs on five hits, one walk, and had a season-high 10 strikeouts.
After the solid start from Deduno, the Twins bullpen was solid after that to finish up the win. Casey Fien pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn his 10th hold of the season, and then in the ninth inning Glen Perkins closed the door on the Yankees for his 21st save of the season.
Next up for the Yankees will be the rubber game of the series against the Twins, and the final game before the All-Star break. The pitching match-up will be C.C. Sabathia (9-7, 3.99) going for the Yankees against Kyle Gibson (1-2, 7.27).