Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Yankees Snap Losing Streak in Minnesota
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

July 1st, 2013

New York Yankees vs Minnesota Twins Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 10 Twins 4

The New York Yankees were able to snap their five-game losing streak on Monday night in Minnesota with a 10-4 win over the Twins. The win moves the Yankees to (43-39) on the season, but are six games back of the Boston Red Sox for first place.

Robinson Cano got the Yankees on the board first in this game with a solo-home run off Scott Diamond for his 18th home run of the season. Cano would strike again off Diamond in the third inning with his second home run of the game, this time being a two-run shot scoring Jayson Nix. The two home runs from Cano were the only mistakes by Diamond, who went 6.2 innings allowing just two earned runs on seven hits and one walk, but Diamond got a no decision for his good efforts.

Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte wasn't very good on Monday night again, as he went just five innings allowing four runs on six hits and four walks. The first inning was easily one of Pettitte's worst of the season, as he allowed three runs on three hits and two walks. Pettitte would settle down after the three-run, 42 pitch inning until the sixth when Chris Parmleee hit a solo-home run, which knocked Pettitte out of the game. Pettitte did however become the Yankees all-time leader in strikeouts, by passing Whitey Ford in the fifth inning with a strikeout of Justin Morneau.

The Twins bullpen cost them this game, as Scott Diamond was in line for the win before Jared Burton had an awful performance in the eighth inning. Burton would allow a lead-off double to Cano, and then a bunt by Ichiro led to a throwing error from Burton allowing Cano to score and tie the game. Zoilo Almonte would get a RBI single to score Ichiro and give the Yankees the lead, while forcing Burton from the game. The final run charged to Burton would come from a Chris Stewart ground out which scored Almonte for the final run of the inning.

In the ninth inning Brian Duensing struggled, and let the game get really out of hand for the Twins, as he allowed three runs on four hits and two walks, which let the Yankees break it open to a 10-4 lead.

The Yankees bullpen was fantastic going four scoreless innings, in which Joba Chamberlain earned his first win of the season. Shawn Kelley, Chamberlain, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera combined only allowed three base runners in the final four innings.

Game 2 of the four-game series will have Phil Hughes (3-7, 4.82) going for the Yankees against Twins Starter Samuel Deduno (4-2, 3.32).

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