By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
May 30th, 2014
Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Twins 6 Yankees 1
The New York Yankees returned home on Friday to start off a series against the Minnesota Twins after what was a pretty successful road-trip, but on Friday evening in the rain they were unable to defeat the Twins. The loss moves the Yankees to (28-25) on the season, which is 2.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East.
Twins Starter, Ricky Nolasco came into Friday’s game sporting a 6.12 ERA, but somehow the Yankees offense was only able to conjure up one run against him, and he earned his third win of the season. The only Yankees run came in the third inning, when Jacoby Ellsbury was able to double home Brett Gardner for the Yankees first and last run of the ball game. Nolasco finished going six innings allowing the one run on seven hits and four walks, as the Yankees just simply couldn’t capitilze on their opportunities.
For the Yankees Vidal Nuno wasn’t anything great on Friday, as the Twins who are not known by any means for their ability to hit the ball out of the park, did that quite well against Nuno handing him his second loss of the season.
In the second inning Oswaldo Arcia, who only had one homerun coming into the game was able to hit a 400+ foot blast of Nuno to give the Twins the lead. In the fourth inning the ball would fly out of Yankees Stadium some more for the Twins, as Josh Willingham hit a solo-homerun, which was his second of the season, and then two batters later Trevor Plouffe would hit a two-run homerun for his fifth of the season.
Preston Claiborne would allow the Twins to tack on some insurance runs in the eighth inning, as back to back singles from Plouffe and former Yankee Eduardo Nunez would score the final two Twins runs of the ball game.
Yankees First Baseman, Mark Teixeira was able to make his return to the lineup after missing a few games due to his surgically repaired wrist bothering him, and did pretty well, drawing three walks in his first game back.
Next up for the Yankees will be Game Two of the series with the Twins, as Masahiro Tanaka (7-1, 2.29) takes the mound to face Kevin Correia (2-6, 6.34) on Saturday afternoon.