I went to the better of the two games on the 13th vs the Yankees. Better because we won. B squad plus Span, and Nishioka pretty much took it to Freddy Garcia. Just some notes I made of the game that you really wouldn't know from looking at a boxscore.
Twins Pitching was very good minus Bromberg. Baker was lights out. He gave up a homerun to CF that Span could have brought back if it was about a foot shorter. It was a hanging shot that cleared the fence by about 5 feet. Wouldn't have even made the warning track in most MLB parks. Baker gave up one other hit and a walk, but he got a inning ending double play from Cano after A-rod lined a shot to left with one out. Capps came in and made quick work of the Yanks. with 1 SO. Perkins did well aslo, giving up only one hit and getting a K. Guerra got into some trouble but was able to get out of the inning after giving up two hits. Bromberg looked horrible. He walked three and nearly let the Yanks back in the game. It was 8-1 when he came in and when he labored through the 8th. The last out was a deep fly ball that nearly went out and the Yankees had two on base at the time.
Freddy Garcia didn't have it at all. He went full count to 4 of the first 5 hitters. Span led of with a line drive hit and Nishioka bunted him over, nearly beating out A-rod's throw. Span later scored in the inning. Garcia was lucky to get through the first only allowing one run. He hit the wall in the 3rd as the Twins broke a 1-1 tie with 3 runs. Nishioka led off with a drive to right that should have been three bags, but he didn't have the jets on. I was suprised by his lack off hustle, but maybe his baseball acumen reminded him not to make the first out at 3rd. An out later, he stole 3rd base without a throw. Had a great view being on the 3rd base side and he had an amazing jump. I think he was on third even before the catcher had the ball. Hughes had a nice ground rule double, and actually had a good AB working the count in his favor before the hit.
The most impressive AB of the night was Rivera. He worked a count full with the bases loaded and drove a double in the gap. Talk about clutch.
Dinkelman had a huge three run homer. The crowd went wild, becuase it was....Dinkelman.
A few other notes. Yankees made two errors, both routine pop ups. Jeter dropped one and the stadium just went silent. But we all know that he is overrated as a defensive SS anyway.
Pretty nice game for the B squad. Yankees had the starting lineup in, minus Gardner who didn't play. Andrew Jones started in his place. Span, Nishioka and Casilla were the only starters for us. Kubel did play but he will be platooning often.