Yanks & Twins suspended due to rain

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For the first time in who knows how long, a Minnesota Twins home game was delayed by rain. That delay turned into a suspended game after the Yanks and Twins played through about four innings of steady downpour. It was just too much by time the 6th inning rolled around, so the umpires called for the tarp. The rain just never let up.

Early on, it looked like the Yankees were stuck with the bad version of A.J. Burnett. He put two men on base in both the 1st and 2nd innings, but managed to escape unscathed thanks to some well placed ground balls. Burnett settled down very nicely after that, retiring nine of the final ten batters he faced with a well-placed bunt single by Denard Span representing the only blemish. He threw just 75 pitches in five innings work, getting seven ground outs to just two fly outs, and he gave the team exactly what they having been getting of late.

As for the offense, well it still looked pretty stagnant. Brett Gardner slapped a single in the 1st only to be erased on Mark Teixeira‘s double play ball two pitches later. Alex Rodriguez led off the 2nd with a single, but was taken off the basepaths when Robbie Cano grounded into a double play immediately after he reached. After a Derek Jeter single and a four pitch walk to Gardner to kick off the 4th, Teixeira swung at the first pitch (first damn pitch!) and popped out to foul territory. A-Rod stuck out on a pitch at his eyes, and Cano flied out harmlessly to center to end the threat.

It truly was a microcosm of the last week for the Yankees. They had opportunities to make something happen, but just didn’t capitalize. They’re stuck in some kind of rut and it’s the ugliest, most frustrating brand of baseball I can imagine. Scott Baker threw just 50 pitches in his five innings of work because 11 of the 17 men he faced saw no more than three pitches in their at-bat. The Yankees don’t roll like that. They’re supposed to work the count and grind away at-bats, not give in on pitcher’s pitches. Until they get back to doing that, they’re going to continue to be inept offensively.

The game will be resumed tomorrow after at 5:05pm ET, and my guess is that Sergio Mitre will be on the bump unless the Yanks open up a lead in the top half of the 6th. The regularly scheduled game will then start at 7:10pm ET, or a 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game, whichever comes later. Nothing like using the bullpen twice in one day.

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  • Angelo

    Hopefully the offense can get something going tomorrow…

  • Frittoman626

    Yankees win 3-1, im calling it

  • B-Rando

    I hope they can take the chance to step back, breathe, and come back ready to take a totally different approach tomorrow. AJ was doing his best to keep them in it, but at some point this offense needs to ignite and start scoring runs. Thats going to happen when they get back to playing their style of ball.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    So Chad Moeller will be catching tomorrow? =/

    Jorge come back!

  • Dela G

    yankees will win!

  • Shadow

    Any guesses as to who starts Game 1? I’m guessing Marte since the Twins are starting the inning off with a few lefties

    • BigBlueAL

      I fear Boone Logan might start the 6th.

  • AJ

    Hazel Mae is worth the MLB Network.

    • Dela G

      that woman is so hot, its unbelievable

      however, her NESN replacement, heidi watney, is on another stratosphere of hot

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        I’m hotter than both

        (no, not really. But we can pretend.)

        • Captain Jack

          Hazel Mae really isn’t all that hot…I seriously don’t get the appeal.

          • BigBlueAL

            Nah man sorry she is very hot but admittedly if Im not mistaken she is getting up there in age, she might even be 40 already. Not that its a bad thing or anything….

          • rafael

            me neither. but the eye of the beholder and all that.

          • Rick in Boston

            We’ll have to call Varitek – he’s made his way through the NESN ladies.

          • Jammy Jammers

            I agree. I’m not into her.
            Most lonely guys have an Asian fetish, though. It was smart of the MLB network to get her.

  • pat

    Too bad Nova and Romulo just pitched. We could have brought one of them up to eat a few innings tomorrow.

  • jim p

    This 5pm start is on YES, I’m guessing.

    • pat

      Of course, because every freaking my9 game has been fucked up by the weather this year.

      /angry and poor

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        seconded

      • Rose

        That’s because I only get My9 games…I’m destined never to be allowed to watch a Yankee game comfortably in my home.

        /True Story’d

        • SullyLV

          @ Rose-Can you get Directv.I have it since 1995 along with extra innings and it is great.Can’t live without it.

    • SullyLV

      @Jim p WWOR will carry the 5pm game.

  • Tom Zig

    What if the game goes 15 innings? The next game starts at 7. What do they do?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      It starts half an hour after the first one ends…

  • Cecala

    Does anyone else agree that the squirrel was the best part of this game. A-Rod definitely killed the squirrel moment when he struck out on a pitch at his eyes.

  • RollingWave

    I think it’s an omen of good luck for the Yankees. they were well on their way to get shutout for 12 innings by Scott Baker .

    I’m calling it, this is the begining of a breakout.

  • Brian in NH

    For the first time in who knows how long, a Minnesota Twins home game was delayed by rain.

    Courtesy of LoHud:
    The last time the Twins had a rain delay at home: September 26, 1981 against Texas. It was a 48 minute delay in front of 4,959 people.

  • szman115

    is the conclusion of the game on my9 or yes?

  • Rose

    Well here come the Red Sox…

    If Beckett and Lackey turn it around and the Dice K/Wakefield experience can give mediocre performance – they could get dangerous. Especially if they continue winning on the road (their road record is now better than ours).

    Rays coming back down to earth? Just meet good pitching in Buchholz and Lester? or do they really have more trouble at home this year for whatever reason?

    • Brian in NH

      well it was highly unlikely they were going to keep up a 115 win pace all year. They could be experiencing a little slump themselves but they are still the best team in the division. It just appears as if the gap between the Sox and Yanks is closing. Now that Boston’s pitching is starting to come to form I expect them to be back in the thick of things.

      • Rose

        I agree. The worst part about it is just as their pitching is coming together…the Yanks pitching is (somewhat) falling apart. What really sucks is that the fill-ins for the Yanks are actually hitting but the big guys can’t seem to put anything together.

        As for the Rays…if the 2001 Mariners can win 116 (with Oakland winning 103 for 2nd place) in that division that year…the Rays club is certainly good enough to come close. Although the Mariners only had Oakland as another threat in that division. AL East has quite a few.

        • rafael

          I’m sure a lot of clubs have been good enough to “come close”. It doesn’t mean anything.

          • Rose

            It doesn’t mean anything.

            Why doesn’t it mean anything? It clearly means more than clubs who haven’t been good enough – so it means something. Probability wise.

        • Frank

          Just over a week ago, after the Yanks beat the RS with Thames’ walk off HR, the so-called experts on ESPN and MLB were talking about how devastating a loss that was and questioning if their season was over. Since then, the RS have gone 7-1 and picked up 5 games on the Yanks. This will turn out to be a very interesting 3 team race.

          • Rose

            Yup. This was from the New York Times:

            Through the win May 7 in Boston, the Yankees’ rotation was 17-4 with a 3.15 earned run average. They knew that pace would not last, but over their next 18 games, their starters have gone 3-8 with a 5.11 ERA

            This does not include AJ yesterday but everything up until.

            That’s pretty awful.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              It’s called regression. Every team does it.

    • Chris

      Well, yeah. If everything that the Red Sox are struggling with turns around, then they’ll be pretty good. Just like if a couple of the struggling Yankees turn it around, then they could be dangerous. The upside with the Red Sox is certainly high, but they haven’t shown it until the last week. We’ll see if they can maintain it.

      Also, it will be quite hard for Beckett to turn it around while on the DL.

  • Chris

    They mentioned it on the air last night, but I was surprised to see the expensive seats at Target Field walled off just like they are at Yankee stadium. The only difference I can see is that the concrete in Minnesota is dyed brown, so it looks a little more appealing than the gray at Yankee Stadium. I’ve only heard positive things about Target field, and I’m curious why no one cares about the moat there.

    • Trevor

      Like new YS, that moat area has a lounge and sometimes instead of sitting outside, fans watch the game in the lounge.

  • A.D.

    They really expect to finish 4 innings in under 2 hours?

    • Rose

      With Mitre pitching…probably.

  • The Revenge of Ruben Rivera

    Hazel Mae is hot like Susan Waldman is cute! Kim Jones and Erin Andrews destroys her!

    • SF Yanks

      Meh to all of em.

    • Cecala

      Kim Jones..? Really?

  • bonestock94

    I guess they’re all feeling the pressure from semi-slumping and the losses, and getting impatient at the plate.