Despite pitching a quality start, Samuel Deduno took the loss today on his 30th birthday. Deduno pitched perfectly his first time through the Yankees lineup, and ultimately gave up three earned runs--a very surmountable deficit against the 2013 Yankees. That is, unless you're the Yankees punching bag--aka, the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins got the scoring started in the 3rd inning. Our old friend Aaron Hicks led his return to the majors with a double. He was later driven in by Joe Mauer, who actually decided to play today. Ryan Doumit singled to put the Twins on first and second--but then the Twins failed to get anything else done.
The Twins had a good chance to add on more in the bottom of the 4th inning. Trevor Plouffe led-off with a walk, followed by a double from Oswaldo Arcia. Then Chris Parmelee and Hicks struck out, and Pedro Florimon grounded out--and the Twins once gain failed to get anything else done.
The 4th inning failure may have been an omen, because the top of the 5th inning wasn't pretty. Deduno gave up singles to Lyle Overbay and David Adams (wtf kind of Yankees team IS this?), and then both subsequently scored on a double by Alberto Gonzales (seriously who ARE these people!?). Before the inning was over, Gonzales was able to score on a single by Ichiro Suzuki (ok, that's a Yankee) to make the score 1-3.
That score stood until Deduno left the game and Anthony Swarzak took over in the top of the 7th. Balls were flying all over the place in a bit of a Yankee hit-parade that ended with a two-run home run by Robinson "F#$%&^*" Cano. The way the balls were flying off the Yankees' bats, it seems lucky Swarzak only gave up four runs.
The game did get a little fun again for Twins fans in the bottom of the 9th inning, when the Twins somehow forced the Yankees to change pitchers twice. Arcia led-off with a single, followed by a single from Hicks. On first and second wit no outs, Brian Dozier hit a double to drive them both in. The Yankees then substituted pitcher Adam Warren for Preston Claiborne (I've never heard of them either); but after Mauer drew a walk, the Yankees went for the big guns--Mariano Rivera, who only had to throw two pitches to end the game.
For the Twins, it was just too little, too late.
Bullet Point Highlights
- Before the game, the Twins had a special ceremony to honor the retiring Mariano Rivera--the greatest relief pitcher of all time, and even greater person. The ceremony included a video of all of the blown saves Mariano had against the Twins, and presentation of a $10,000 check to the Mariano Rivera Charity Foundation. Then the Twins gave him a REALLY sweet rocking chair made out of Twins bats he had broken (the YES announcers agreed that it was the most unique gift Mariano has been given, and it include broken bats from Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and Kirby Puckett).
- Yankees starter Phil Hughes, unfortunately, had one of his 'good' starts today. He gave up one earned run over 7 innings today against the Twins, driven in by some guy named Joe.
- Joe Mauer's single in the bottom of the 3rd inning was his first hit of this home stand (this is the 6th game of the 8 game home stand).
- Twins reliever Caleb Thielbar--who already held the record for the Twins pitcher with the longest score-less streak to start their MLB career--pitched a scoreless top of the
7th9th inning. Talk about clutch!really not mattering by that point.
- Although only charged with one official error, Chris Parmelee looked so bad in right field tonight I was wishing Ryan Doumit was out there.
- Oswaldo Arcia: 2 for 3, 1 double, 1 run, and 1 walk.
- Aaron Hicks: 2 for 4, 1 double, with 2 runs. Welcome back!
- Anthony Swarzak: 1 inning pitched, 4 hits, 4 earned runs, 1 home run.
- Chris Parmelee: 0 for 4, 3 strike-outs, 1 error. REALLY ugly game for him.
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