By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 1st, 2014
Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Twins 7 Yankees 2
The New York Yankees suffered a tough loss in their rubber game on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, as even though their offense struggled, they had a lead and blew it late. The loss moves the Yankees to (29-26) on the season, which puts them 3.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East.
Phil Hughes made his return to Yankees Stadium after a difficult 2013 season with the Yankees, Hughes has found great success in Minnesota with the Twins, and on Sunday, put together a very good game against his former team. The victory moves Hughes to (6-1) on the season, and his ERA is now sitting at an impressive 3.12 through two months with Minnesota. The fourth inning was the only difficult one for Hughes, as the Yankees scored their only two runs on a single by Derek Jeter after a lead-off triple from Brett Gardner, and then later in the inning with the bases loaded, Jeter would then score on an Ichiro Suzuki sac-fly. Hughes finished going eight innings allowing the two runs on just three hits, and two walks, with six strikeouts.
Yankees Starter Chase Whitley like Hughes also pitched very well, as he left the game in line to pick up his first major league victory, but that will have to wait for another day. Whitley finished going five innings allowing just one run on five hits, and he was able to strikeout six Twins. A couple of base-hits in the third inning gave the Twins their only run against Whitley, as Trevor Plouffe had a RBI single to score Aaron Hicks for the first run of the game.
In the middle innings, Dellin Betances once again pitched very well, as his great stuff left the Twins looking silly. In his two innings of work, Betances struck out five of the six batters he faced on just 22 pitches. Betances is now up to 56 strikeouts in his 32.2 innings of work this season.
In the ninth inning with just a one run lead, things fell totally apart for the Yankees starting with David Robertson, who wasted no time blowing the save, as Josh Willingham hit a solo-homerun to tie the game right away when Robertson came in. Still with it being a tie game, Robertson would continue to struggle, especially with his control, walking two batters before a Brian Dozier double would give the Twins a 3-2 lead. An intentional walk to Joe Mauer would be the last batter Robertson faced before Matt Daley came in, and then with the bases loaded, former Yankee Eduardo Nunez would hit a double to break it open to a 5-2 game. Daley would be pulled right after that for Matt Thornton, who came in a promptly allowed a two-run single to Oswaldo Arcia, which capped off the disastrous ninth inning for the Yankees.
Next up for the Yankees will be a make-up game at home against the Seattle Mariners, as Felix Hernandez (7-1, 2.57) will be facing off against David Phelps (1-2, 3.38) on Monday night.