NEW YORK (PIX11)—The Yankees have had great success against the Twins in recent years, especially in the playoffs, and since Minnesota was one of the worst teams in the Majors last year, this was expected to be an easy victory for the Bronx Bombers.
But that is the beauty of baseball, where anything can happen on any given night.
The Twins defeated New York last night 7-3, and it was only the sixth time in thirty-four tries that Minnesota has conquered the Yankees in the Bronx under current Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire.
The game seemed to have the foretelling of a high scoring game, as Freddy Garcia gave up two runs in the first inning and the Yankees answered back against Minnesota starting pitcher (and ex-Yankee fallout) Carl Pavano when Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson connected for back-to-back solo home runs to start the bottom of the first. New York tacked on another run to make the score 3-2 before the second inning even began.
The only difference was that Minnesota continued the scoring while the New York bats fell silent. The Twins went on to score runs in the 5th, 6th, and 8th innings while the Yankees put up zeroes on the scoreboard for the rest of the night. Starting pitcher Freddy Garcia did not make it to the sixth inning and was charged with 9 hits and 5 Runs.
It was a tale of two teams as Minnesota had a balanced attack with seven different players driving in the seven runs and the Yankees had four players who went hitless at the plate (Cano, Swisher, Martin, Gardner).
"It was just a bad game," outfielder Nick Swisher stated. "We fired off early and just couldn't get anything going later."
Hopefully the Yankees can return to their dominant form against this Mid-West ball club, or else it is going to be a long series for the Bronx Bombers.
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