Yankees top Twins in rain-soaked shutout

Bird hits grand slam in Charleston walk-off win
Update: Yankees not moving A-Rod's rehab to Triple-A Scranton
Ridiculous throw with a great reaction.

Boy was that game messy. Not the play, mind you. The two teams played surprisingly clean baseball considering it rained from start to finish — there was a one hour and 13 minute rain delay in the bottom of the fourth — and the sloppy field. Ugly, ugly conditions. Let’s recap the 2-0 win:

  • ERA King: Thanks to his five shutout innings, Hiroki Kuroda now leads all qualified AL starters with a 2.65 ERA. The Twinkies did put eight runners on base against him in those five innings, but he struck out five and kept them off the board. I was (very) surprised Kuroda went back after the lengthy delay, especially to throw just one more inning, but it was no big deal in the end. Hiroki was dynamite again, as he has been for the entire first half.
  • Small Balled: After the rain delay the Yankees came right out and plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Luis Cruz led the inning off with a single to left, then moved to second on Chris Stewart‘s bunt. Brett Gardner drove him in with a ground ball single through the left side. Two batters later, the Twins pitched to Robinson Cano with a base open for no apparent reason, and he singled in Gardner for the all-important insurance run. Ron Gardenhire said they wouldn’t let Cano beat them … two weeks ago during the series in Minnesota. And yet, Robbie keeps beating them.
  • Death Life By Bullpen: After Kuroda, Joe Girardi rolled out four relievers and they held the Twins to two base-runners over the final four innings. Preston Claiborne allowed back-to-back hits to leadoff the seventh, but Boone Logan bailed him out in a huge way by striking out lefties Chris Parmelee, Joe Mauer, and Justin Morneau in order. That was huge. David Robertson handled the eighth and Mariano Rivera the ninth. Logan got the three biggest outs though. He was a boss.
  • Leftovers: The Yankees had as many hits (six) as walks (six). Lyle Overbay was the only player with two hits, Cano the only player with two walks. Gardner and Vernon Wells had one of each … as you can see above, Aaron Hicks made one hell of a throw to nail Wells at third leading off the sixth. Can’t even be mad at Vernon for that, it took a perfect throw in imperfect conditions and Hicks did it. Props … this was the Yankees sixth second win when scoring two runs or less. They had six last season.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the WPA graph, and ESPN the updated standings. The Orioles won and the Rays lost, so the Yankees are tied with Baltimore and are one back of Tampa in the loss column for the second wildcard spot. Phil Hughes and Samuel Deduno is your pitching matchup in Saturday’s matinee. Check out RAB Tickets for any last minute deals.

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Bird hits grand slam in Charleston walk-off win
Update: Yankees not moving A-Rod's rehab to Triple-A Scranton
  • Pat D

    Absolutely ridiculous throw by Hicks. He totally botched the carom and then he seemed like he loafed after the ball ever so slightly. So I couldn’t get mad at Wells for trying to get three. It was just…ridiculous.

    • Pseudoyanks

      Up there with best 10 or so throws I’ve ever seen.

      • Gonzo

        Where do you have Golson’s throw ranked relative to that one?

      • RetroRob

        I think the fact that he was running after the ball gave him extra momentum than he’d get if he just caught the ball. Regardless, a heck of a throw. I don’t blame Wells at all. That’s not a throw you expect.

      • your mom

        Great throw but not worth jerking off to.

        • Pseudoyanks

          OK, I’ll put it back in my pants.

        • Slu

          I certainly didn’t need a GIF of it. And no, I won’t stop bitching about GIFs.

          • jjyank

            You probably should.

          • Deathstroke Heathcott

            I want more GIFs!

  • forensic

    I was also pretty surprised that they sent Kuroda back out there, especially just for the one inning. It’s kind of nice that he got the win out of it though. Hopefully it doesn’t affect him down the road like was theorized about CC a couple years ago after he came back into a game after a long-ish rain delay.

    Hopefully two more wins coming now for that nice five game winning streak into the ASB.

    • Pat D

      Considering he’s got the ASB coming up, I’m thinking that factored into their decision.

      I hope.

    • Kramerica Industries

      What game was that?

      I mean, I can vaguely recall this topic coming up, but I don’t remember whether this was 2010 or 2011.

      • forensic

        Found it:

        http://www.baseball-reference......7260.shtml

        Looking at some articles, I now remember that it wasn’t one rain delay, but two that he came back from. He was perfect before the first one which came in the 6th. That lasted 30 minutes and he returned to have the perfect game broken up. The second one was 14 minutes in the 8th and he returned after that and walked the first three batters he faced before being taken out.

        For what it’s worth, before that game he had a 2.62 ERA that season. After that game it was 4.06.

        • Kramerica Industries

          Ah yes, I remember it very well. Good digging, but I have to imagine the only reason he came back was because those were brief delays. I mean, it’s conceivable to have a long layoff if the offense has a long inning, too.

          I’d actually suggest the Game 1 rain fiasco of that season, and the subsequent Game 3 appearance, were more damaging to Sabathia’s effectiveness. He wasn’t sharp AT ALL in Game 3.

          • forensic

            Yeah, the 30 minute delay is a touch long, but there are periodically half innings that long as you mentioned. The 14 minute one is also not really a huge deal. Two in one game? I don’t know, maybe there’s something there but I don’t know how much can really be read into them.

            I had thought I remembered it was a longer delay initially, but obviously not.

          • Kramerica Industries

            also, lol at “Lost 17″ for the Mariners in that box score.

            They actually broke the skid the next day, but it was a Felix vs. 2011 Hughes matchup. If they weren’t going to break the skid then, they were never going to.

            • forensic

              lol, yup, not going to see a number that big there very often. They actually entered that streak having just reached .500 and there was probably lots of excitement there. Not so much at the end of the streak.

              Hughes actually sort of held his own against Felix, in a start that actually DROPPED his ERA to 8.26, but there was plenty of death by bullpen to put it out of reach.

              • Kramerica Industries

                Gardner, or Granderson (think it was Curtis) had a brutal misplay in CF in a bases loaded/2 out situation, allowing all three runs to score, and pretty much putting it out of reach.

                I think Hughes had departed the game by this point.

    • trr

      In and itself, it shouldn’t

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Ugh, Logan’s the worst!

    Why can’t we get a LOOGY who gets out lefties?!!!!

  • Winter

    And Robbie is now on pace for 82 walks.

    #hatwatch

  • Hats On Deck

    Is it just me, or does Claiborne always seem to struggle in his 2nd inning?

    • forensic

      When he goes back out for a 2nd or 3rd inning (after pitching any length the inning before):

      First 15 games (7 such appearances): 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP

      Last 9 games (4 such appearances): 2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER (1 inherited and allowed by Mo), 1 BB (intentional), 1 K

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Seems like it. Maybe not a multi-inning guy at this point. There’s worse things, I guess.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    “this was the Yankees sixth win when scoring two runs or less, matching their total from last season.”

    I don’t think this is right, but I’m not sure what Mike meant. I only see one other win when they scored 2 runs or less (2-1 over the Mariners: http://www.baseball-reference......6090.shtml), and it was their 10th win when scoring 3 runs or less.

  • Wayne

    Josh Johnson got hurt the same way what is joe thinking? Would he do the same with a young starter? You don’ do that with your starter? Joe has got to use his common sense with these delays when it comes to his starters. Can you imagine if he does this with one of our young pitchers we would be screwed of a potential pitching prospect developing. Did’nt joe learn from josh Johnson that you don’t do that.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      What in god’s name are you talking about? Did your mama repeatedly pop loud balloons by you as a child?

      #partyongarth

  • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    A win is win I will take 2 more like this and call it half a season.

    The Wannabe of the game is Boone “The Lone Lefty” Logan

    The Has Been of the game is Robinson “please don’t get hurt” Cano

    Cool Lester Smooth’s Unofficial Pineda’s Free Agency Pushed Back 1 year Ticker:
    13 Days

  • Steve D Fl

    Anyone else notice Raul Ibanez has 24 hrs ???

  • JesusMontero

    I did. And 16 at home in that horrible hitters park?? Damn, how’d he do that when he and his slow bat were finished two years ago?! I hit the ball in the air to right field too!

  • Paul Rafanello

    Preston could be that guy Boston had in the 90’s – Rich Garces. He pitches only the 7th inning.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    I was at the game but left around 11 or so. It was very cold and rainy in the 400’s. Two interesting things. During the rain delay, i saw cashman walking into the suite level from one of the stairwells. I was a bit starstruck, but it had to be him. I am assuming he was walking from the yankee offices nearby. Also, I heard some guy in front of me actively rooting for cano to walk so that someone could eat a hat.