By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
May 31st, 2014
Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Twins 1 Yankees 3
The New York Yankees were able to bounce back from their Friday night loss against the Minnesota Twins with a 3-1 victory on Saturday afternoon behind another fantastic start from Masahiro Tanaka. The win moves the Yankees to (29-25) on the season, which keeps them 2.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East.
Going for his eighth win of the season, Tanaka was once again sensational for the Yankees, as he over matched the weak Twins lineup as expected. The Twins were only able to get to Tanaka in the first inning with a Josh Willingham single that scored Brian Dozier, but was an unearned run on an error from Kelly Johnson. Tanaka finished going eight innings allowing just one run on four hits, two walks, and struck out nine batters to earn win number eight. Tanaka was able to lower his ERA to 2.08, which is the best in the American League so far this season.
For the second straight game a Twins Starting Pitcher came in to the Bronx with an ERA over six, and for the second straight day the Yankees were only able to score one run against him, this time being Kevin Correia. Correia got hit around a bit by the Yankees, but like Ricky Nolasco on Friday only allowed one run. Yangervis Solarte was the one Yankee to get to Correia in a big way, as in the fourth inning, Solarte took him deep for his six homerun of the season, which was a solo shot. Correia finished going six innings allowing the one run on nine hits and one walk.
It wouldn’t be until the eighth inning when the Yankees were able to get the lead for Tanaka, as Jacoby Ellsbury would set the table for the Yankees to take the lead. After a Derek Jeter Ground-out, Ellsbury would single, and then steal his 15th base of the season, advancing to third on the throw to Second Base. A walk to Brian Roberts would then occur, leading to a big at-bat for Brian McCann with the rains coming down heavily. McCann would deliver with a double down the line that was inches away from being caught by the Twins Frist Baseman.
After a 33 minute rain delay with the bases loaded, the Yankees would get their final run of the game on an infield single by Kelly Johnson before David Robertson would finally be able to take the mound after warming up before the delay occurred. Robertson would look sharp despite the lengthy delay, as he only allowed one runner on an error by Solarte, but struck out three batters in the bottom of the ninth.
A concerning thing for the Yankees that happened during the game was that First Baseman Mark Teixeira was forced to leave the game early with soreness in his right wrist that he had surgery on, and the same wrist that he was given a few days off during the week.
Next up for the Yankees will be a Sunday afternoon game against former Yankee Phil Hughes (5-1, 3.23), who will be facing Chase Whitley (0-0, 2.57).