When Yogi Berra uttered the phrase “It’s like deja vu all over again”, could he see into the future? Stop me if you’ve heard this before: “Alex Rodriguez goes deep as Yankees beat Twins in New York”. As sure as the sun rises in the morning, the Twins lose in New York. It truly is like deja vu all over again as the Twins have lost 14 of their last 15 in New York.
The last time the Twins were in New York, was game 3 of the ALDS. Already down 0-2 in the series, the Twins put up a lifeless effort on their way to being swept by New York in the playoffs for the 2nd straight season. While tonight’s loss certainly is starting to feel like deja vu all over again, there’s something different about tonight. The Twins mounted a comeback.
The game of baseball is funny little game. In the first inning, Scott Baker had Mark Teixeira down 0-2 with 2 outs but hit him in the foot. Big mistake. The next batter was Alex Rodriquez who promptly hit a rocket of a home run to left field. The Yankees were up 2-0 in the 1st inning and that deja vu bastard reared it’s ugly head once again. If Baker finishes Tex there and gets out of the inning, who knows what happens this game. The next inning Baker walks Swisher and Posada goes deep to put the Yankees up 4-0. The game is over right? Not tonight.
The Twins actually fought back in the 4th inning and scored 2 runs when Jim Thome golfed a double to the RF gap. The Twins tacked on another run in the 5th when Nishy doubled and Alexi Casilla scored. Unfortunately that was all the Twins could muster as the final score was 4-3. So it really is Deja Vu all over again in that regard but, as pathetic as it is to even mention this, at least the Twins fought back to put some runs on the board. It’s so sad that I just wrote that, shame on me.
So the Twins lost again in Yankee Stadium. It’s frustrating as a fan and I’m sure even more as a player but eventually things have to change right? I took a couple positives away from the game tonight which is more than you can say for any of the previous games in Toronto.
-Morneau had two hits, one being a double to the gap.
-Nishioka had two hits, one where he drove the ball to the opposite field gap (LF).
-Thome finally got on the extra bases board with a double to RF gap. I still don’t know how a low pitch off the end of the bat can travel that far…oh wait, it’s Jimbo.
-Scott Baker, although shelled in the first 2 innings, settled in and didn’t allow any more runs on his watch. Has to cut down the 4 walks.
-Scott Baker showed some poise to settle in. Some of his pitches had some very nice late movement.
-Twins turned 3 double plays tonight.
-The bullpen: Slowey 1IP 0 H 1K, Hughes gave up 2 hits but got out of the inning.
-Gardy sitting Cuddyer and playing Kubel against a righty. Yes, that’s right.
-Delmon Young saving Baker’s behind with a nice diving catch down the left field line (that Cuzi would have called foul on Joe Mauer).
-Delmon Young reading the ball off the bat on a line drive that sent him running to the wall and making the catch, saving Baker.
-Baker was shaky to start the game. 4 walks. If he doesn’t HBP Teixeira with 0-2 count w 2outs, maybe Arod doesn’t go yard next. (shoulda coulda woulda)
-Missed pitches. Morneau, Thome, Delmon, to name a few were just missing some fastballs. It’s early though, it happens.
-Joe Mauer. Joseph, we need ya man. Hitting 1/11 thus far with CC on the mound tomorrow. Gross.
-Span taking some hittable pitches.
Here are some other links related to tonight’s game.
-Parker at Over the Baggy has a great piece on pull happy Delmon and how the Yankees used that to their advantage.
-Seth Stohs has an amusing article that draws comparisons to Friday the 13th and The Twins v Yankees.
Tomorrow night is Brian Duensing against CC Sabathia. This already looks bad for the Twins because as we all know, all CC does is win. There is a chance of showers in the forecast tomorrow. The game starts at 6:05 CDT so hopefully they’re out by then. You can check the weather for Yankee Stadium here.