By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 14th, 2013
Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Twins 10 Yankees 4
The New York Yankees lost the rubber game of their series at home against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon in the final game before the All-Star break. The loss moves the Yankees to (51-44), which is six games behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East.
The Twins wasted little time getting to Yankees Starter C.C. Sabathia, who got his eighth loss of the season. A two-out rally in the second inning got the Twins a quick 2-0 lead on the Yankees, as Jamie Carroll and Pedro Florimon both had RBI singles. The third inning was tough for the Yankees on defense, which didn’t help Sabathia, who should have been well out of the inning before he allowed a three-run home run to Aaron Hicks, which was his eighth of the season, making it a 5-0 game. A bad fourth inning would end Sabathia's day, as the Twins got three more runs on Morneau infield single, which scored Carroll, and then an error by Lyle Overbay allowed to more runs to score. Sabathia went just four innings allowing eight runs, three of which were earned on eight hits and two walks.
Twins rookie Kyle Gibson did a pretty good job in his first start at Yankees Stadium, as he earned his second career win. The Yankees got to Gibson for the first time in the third inning, as a Robinson Cano singled scored Ichiro Suzuki, which was his 65th RBI of the season. In the fourth inning the Yankees got a few more runs off Gibson on two fielders choices, that allowed Overbay and Eduardo Nunez to score. Gibson went five innings allowing three runs, two of which were earned on five hits and four walks.
The final run the Yankees would score in this game came in the seventh inning, when Ichiro hit a solo-home run off Caleb Theilbar, which was his sixth homerun of the season.
After a short start from Sabathia the Yankees bullpen was put in a tough position, but in the final five innings of the game they only allowed two runs to score. The ninth run of the game for the Twins they got off of Adam Warren, as Brian Dozier doubled home Florimon, and then they would get their final run of the game in the ninth inning off of Joba Chamberlain, when Trevor Plouffe scored on a passed ball.
The Yankees will have a few days off for the All-Star break besides Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano, who are the only Yankees that will be on the team. When they get back into action on Friday it will be a tough test against the rival Red Sox, as Andy Pettitte (7-6, 4.39) will be facing Felix Doubront (6-3, 3.91).