Losing Streak Over: Yanks rally late to demolish Twins

Culver homers in River Dogs loss
2013 Potential Trade Targets — Part III

Source: FanGraphs

Ten runs? Ten runs! That’s like, a series worth of runs for this offense. The Yankees scored double-digit runs for the first time since May 10th and just the fourth time overall this season. I missed the bulk of the run scoring — I saw the first and last inning on television, listened to everything else on the radio — but at this point I’m not complaining. Whatever it takes to wake the bats up. The Twins usually do the trick.

Robinson Cano is officially en fuego, following up Sunday night’s homer with two more on Monday, plus he tacked on a double. That is very good news. The Yankees need him to hit like a superstar. Brett Gardner had two hits and Zoilo Almonte had three, but the biggest play of the night was Twins setup man Jared Burton throwing away a pickoff throw and allowing a) the tying run to score from third, and b) Ichiro Suzuki to go first to third with no outs. That set up the game-winning run, though the team tacked in plenty of insurance afterwards.

Ten runs is nice, but Andy Pettitte had a nightmare first inning and a really shaky outing overall. There were a ton of hard-hit balls right at people. It could have been a lot worse than what the box score says, which isn’t anything special anyway: four runs on six hits and four walks in five innings. Andy hasn’t pitched well at all since coming off the DL. On the bright side, he did strike out two batters to move passed Whitey Ford for the franchise strikeout record at 1,958. That’s pretty cool. Congrats to him.

The bullpen held Minnesota to four base-runners in four scoreless innings, striking out five. David Robertson had three of those strikeouts in the eighth. The Yankees piled up 14 hits, their fourth highest total of the season and the fourth time they’ve had double-digit hits in the last six games. It took them 19 games to get their previous four double-digit hit games. Everyone in the starting lineup reached base except David Adams, who is killin’ them softly at the hot corner. They need help at third in the worst way.

And finally, this was the 600th win of Joe Girardi‘s managerial career, so congrats to him. Five-hundred and twenty-two of those have come with the Yankees. MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees are five back of first place in the AL East and two up on last in the loss column. They’re three back of a wildcard spot. Phil Hughes and Samuel Deduno is your pitching matchup Tuesday night.

Culver homers in River Dogs loss
2013 Potential Trade Targets — Part III
  • Bo Knows

    happy they won, upset that they will promptly lose 8 of the next ten, while only scoring 2 runs in that span.

    (I’m kidding)

    • Bob Buttons

      I reserve the right to bring this up again and bash you for it if it does happen.

  • Gonzo

    For all that ails you, The Twins.

  • Daved

    The Yankees are five back of first place in the AL East and two up on last in the loss column. They’re three back of a wildcard spot.

    Easy there skippy. The twins suck. Cano is more talented than any 5 of their players put together. The yankees could sweep the twins, and it doesn’t change the fact that unless the lineup is changed significantly, and soon, they’re a last place team in the east.

    But enjoy beating the twins, I guess.

    • Winter

      Um… Mike posts the standings at the end of every game review… regardless of whether the outlook is good or bad…

    • BFDeal

      Who ordered the wet blanket?

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Lol, easy there “skippy” indeed.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Sorry about your Bruins.

    • Jim Is Bored

      I’m a JIF guy, personally.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    I would have gone with “Holy shit, the Yankees won a game!” as a headline, but that may be a but much.

  • forensic

    Really needed a game like that, even if it was kind of tough/frustrating for a bit of it.

  • jim p

    When Andy came off the DL, he started a less-throwing between starts regimen. Which he didn’t like, felt he needed more to stay sharp.

    Does anyone know if, since his return, he’s stayed with that plan. Or has he gone back to the pattern he prefers?

  • dkidd

    we can build on this!!!

    • PFOJ

      Hello!? You play…to…win…the…game!

  • Mikhel

    “The Yankees are five back of first place in the AL East and two up on last in the loss column. They’re three back of a wildcard spot.”

    Make that 6 games back of first place, 2 up on last, 3 1/2 behind the Os, 4 behind the As for the wild card.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I use the loss column. Half-games are annoying.

      • jim p

        But a more accurate sense of things, no? If you’re four behind in the win column, the odds of winning all those games are on the order of winning two double-headers, I’d think.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Always at least possible to win games, never possible to un-lose games.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Not when Luis Castillo’s on the other team.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    managerial wins, my ass haha. i think girardi (and the position of manager) can be overrated sometimes

    • The Doctor

      Generally speaking it can be, but when you look at their number of wins in context of the talent they had it becomes better.

      Also being able to stick around long enough to get this many wins is impressive itself. Even if the success can’t be attributed to them, handling yourself so well in the media that a team actually keeps you long enough for 522 wins is something of an accomplishment.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Fell asleep thinking they’d lose again. What a nice change of pace.

  • Diony

    Seriously, Almonte didn’t made the RAB Top 30 preseason prospects? Even Culver and Bichette made the list.

  • trr

    Twins have been our own personal whipping boys. Let’s sweep the ……

  • LarryM Fl

    Great win!, shame on me I went to bed after the 7th inning. No mention of Vernon’s hit production last night. I would have thought Mike making mention of the hits. I guess the Mid-Western air has the Yanks alive.

  • Eddard

    If they cant gain ground playing Minny and KC for 11 games then pack it in. They need to gain a couple games by the ASB. Good win last night. Phil has a nice big ballpark to pitch in tonight.

  • Mouse

    So they finally ran into a team more pathetic than them.

    We’ll take it!

  • Tim

    I still can’t help but think of Mike’s Comments the other night about how the Yankees only seem to score when the other team makes mistakes. Up to a point last night, that thinking was still in play. Let’s hope the hitting continues!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Yanks score ten runs and Axisa only watches the first and last inning.

    Mike, we’ve all chipped in and are sending you to Fiji for the rest of the season. Matt, Big Member, and Eddard will take over the posting. I’ll moderate the comment section like they accuse me of doing already.


    • JLC 776

      I highly endorse this idea. Regular Big Member posts are the key to success.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Instead of serious potential trade targets, we can get the long-form of why he thinks we should acquire Jason Marquis and, if we’re lucky, why we should sign Barry Bonds and Manny Ramirez since we won’t have to surrender prospects for them.

    • LK

      I think an Eddard-moderated chat could be the best thing in the history of the internet.

  • JLC 776

    QUICK! Re-post the Confidence Poll!

  • pat

    Yanks crushed by O’s = 103 comments.
    Yanks crush Twins = 30 comments.

    Where’d everybody go?

    • Jim Is Bored

      Par for the course around here.

    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      Because real Yankees fans like to celebrate winning more then complaining about losing.

    • Tim

      its the Twins man. If it was 10+ runs against the O’s or Sox, then we’d be talking. These guys are bad and really need to make a hitting coach change!

  • trr

    You asked for a Miracle, and I give you…The Minnesota Twins!

  • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    After June I’m not going to complain about anything with this thread or last night game just happy to see them win.
    I think A-Rod should get some credit his mojo has already sparked the Yankees offense.

    Boar’s Head Natural All Beef Hot Dogs Presents Mustang’s Has Been and Wannabee of the Game Awards:

    The Wannabe of the game is Zoilo “I’m hitting.342 and still no picture in my ESPN profile?” Almonte

    The Has Been of the game Robinson ” I really suck..LOL” Cano

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    It’s too bad Cano isn’t a real superstar who can carry the team on his back, huh?

  • Brett is Bubbas Son

    Am I the only one who things that Z should be batting in the two hole right now. He has shown a decent handle with the bat but little power. Putting him behind Gardner frees Brett up to run and puts another high on base guy with some speed in front of Robbie plus he is a switch so no need to pinch hit for him in the late innings… and he would definitely do better than JNix