Friday, July 5, 2013

Game 85 Wrap-Up: NYY 9 MIN 5

(Bump it.  Courtesy of Getty Images)

"Good job, Twins!  Good effort!  Thanks for playing.  We'll see you again next week when we need to dish out another season-saving ass whooping."

Seriously, that was a huge series for the Yanks.  They were down on the mat being counted out after the sweep in Baltimore and they answered the bell by responding with a 4-game road sweep of the lowly Twins.  The offense has woken up in a big way, and they put this game away early yesterday.  David Phelps had a nice start, something he really needed, and the Yanks head back home for 10 feeling good about themselves.  How's that for a nice 4th of July present?

Game Notes:

- The Yanks came out swinging against rookie Kyle Gibson, putting 3 runs on the board in the first 5 batters.  2 doubles from Ichiro and Travis Hafner and 2 singles from Zoilo and Vernon Wells (off a righty) around a Robinson Cano sac fly sandwich and the Yanks were off and running.

- They tacked 2 more on in the 3rd when Wells doubled home a run (off a righty again) and new SS Luis Cruz singled him in to make it 5-0.  Much better game for Cruz than his first one on Thursday.

- Minnesota got 1 back on a now rare Justin Morneau HR in the 5th, but Phelps was pretty good through 5. He gave up a few hits here and there, nothing new for him.  He also made pitches when he needed to and worked out of trouble well.

- The lineup put the game away in 6th, with more unusual suspects contributing.  Cruz doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs and Alberto Gonzalez singled home a run.  Ichiro came up with a big 2-run triple and scored on Zoilo Almonte's groundout and it was a 9-1 game.

- Phelps ran out of gas in the 7th and watched as Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan combined to sully his final line.  Those 2 faced 6 batters and let 4 reach base.

- Shawn Kelley and David Robertson had to clean up the 8th and 9th innings and they did it properly, retiring all 6 men they faced in a row and striking out 3.

F*ck Yeahs:

- Ichiro: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K.  Getting a rare day at leadoff with Brett Gardner getting the day off, Ichiro responded by going a homer short of the cycle.  Not a bad day's work for a guy who continues to hit just enough to not be useless.

- Wells: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 2 LOB.  Big day in the middle of the lineup for the guy least deserving to be there.  And 2 run-scoring hits off a right-handed pitcher no less.  It's an Independence Day miracle!!

Oh Nos:

- Cano: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 LOB.  So much for the multi-hit game streak.  The Yanks should probably just cut him now to avoid the next slump and not have to pay him top dollar next year.

Next Up:

- The Orioles come to New York for a second straight weekend series.  This one better not be a repeat of last weekend.  Ivan Nova, spot starting for the injured Hirok, goes tonight against Miguel Gonzalez.

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