By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 4th, 2014
New York Yankees vs Minnesota Twins Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 6 Twins 5
The New York Yankees were able to win their second straight in Minnesota against the Twins on the Fourth of July. The win on America’s holiday would move the Yankees to (43-42) on the season.
On offense the Yankees were able to jump on Twins Starter Kyle Gibson in the first inning for three runs. Brian Roberts knocked in Brett Gardner for the first run of the day, and then Mark Teixeira, who was coming off getting his knee drained, doubled home Roberts. On a passed by Kurt Suzuki, Teixeira would advance to Third Base, and then a sac-fly from Carlos Beltran would knock him in. In the second and final inning for Gibson, then Yankees would score three more runs on a sac-fly from Brendan Ryan that score Francisco Cervelli, and then a single from Jacoby Ellsbury would score Gardner and Roberts.
Yankees Starter Chase Whitley wasn’t much better than Gibson, as Whitley went just three innings, while allowing four runs. In the first inning after being spotted the three-run lead, Whitley allowed a solo-homerun to Brian Dozier. In the second inning it was another homerun allowed by Whitley, this time against Chris Colabello. In the next inning it would be more trouble for Whitley, as Oswaldo Arcia would hit a triple to score Kendrys Morales, and then Trevor Plouffe would single home Arcia.
David Huff would do an excellent job in his three innings of work not allowing a base-runner with three strikeouts. His counterpart out of the Twins bullpen, Samuel Deduno would also be effective, pitching 4.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts, as both saved their teams bullpens.
In the eighth inn Dellin Betances would run into some trouble after allowing two base-runners on, a double steal put two runners in scoring position with just a two-run lead. A ground-out by Colabello would score Eduardo Nunez, but Betances would be able to retire E Escobar to end the inning, and earn the hold.
David Robertson would come on for the ninth inning in the save situation. He struck-out the first two batters, but a double by Suzuki would put a runner in scoring position with Chris Parmelee coming to bat. Robertson would win the battle, striking out Parmelee for his 20th save of the season.
Next up for the Yankees will be Game 3 of their series in Minnesota, as David Phelps (3-4, 4.26) will be facing off against Yohan Pino (0-2, 6.32).