Yankees hang on for unnecessarily close 9-7 win over Twins in series finale

Jeter voted in as starting shortstop for AL All-Star team, Tanaka and Betances also selected to roster
DotF: Refsnyder, Romine both homer in AAA loss

Source: FanGraphs

The All-Star break can not come soon enough for the bullpen. The Yankees jumped out to an early 9-0 lead against the Twins on Sunday afternoon, but Minnesota slowly chipped away, and before you knew it, the tying run was on base. Thankfully, New York still managed to walk away with a 9-7 win, taking three of four in Target Field. Let’s recap the nail-biter:

  • Nope-lasco: The Yankees destroyed Ricky Nolasco. He faced 13 batters, put eight on base, and allowed six runs in two innings of work. One of the outs was a great jumping catch by Sam Fuld at the wall, another was an out at the plate when Mark Teixeira ran through a stop sign. The big blow was Jacoby Ellsbury‘s three-run homer in the second inning. Nolasco was fooling no one. They were all over him.
  • Hiroki Why: The lead swelled to 9-0 in the third inning, but Hiroki Kuroda gave four runs back (two on a Chris Colabello homer) in the bottom half of the inning to make the came uncomfortably close-ish. He did not allow any more runs, he failed to complete six full innings of work after being staked to a nine-run lead. That really sucks, especially with the bullpen running on fumes. Kuroda allowed the four runs on seven hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. Yuck.
  • Chipped Away: The Twins managed to score seven unanswered runs between the fourth and ninth innings. Adam Warren allowed a run (infield single, single, ground out) in 1.1 innings of work, Jim Miller allowed a run (solo homer) in an inning of work, and David Robertson (single, single single) allowed a run in his inning of work. The Twins had men on the corners and the go-ahead run at the plate when Robertson got Kurt Suzuki to ground out for the final out. Like I said before, these relievers need the All-Star break in the worst way.
  • Leftovers: Derek Jeter went 3-for-4 and recorded his 3,400th career hit … every starter reached base at least once except Carlos Beltran and they all had a hit except Beltran and Brett Gardner (two walks) … Jeter, Ellsbury (two), Teixeira (two), Ichiro Suzuki (three), and Kelly Johnson (two) all had multiple hits … Ichiro had the team’s only strikeout (Twins!) and Gardner had the only walks, so make it nine times in the last ten games that they’ve been held to two walks or less … despite allowing nine runs and 16 base-runners, four Twins pitchers combined to throw only 138 pitches. Four Yankees pitchers threw 166.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some additional stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Orioles beat the Red Sox, so the Yankees are still 3.5 games back of both the AL East lead and the second wildcard spot. The Bombers are now off to Cleveland for a four-game series with the Indians. Shane Greene will get the call to make a spot start necessitated by the Brandon McCarthy/Vidal Nuno trade in the series opener on Monday. Justin Masterson will be on the bump for Cleveland.

Jeter voted in as starting shortstop for AL All-Star team, Tanaka and Betances also selected to roster
DotF: Refsnyder, Romine both homer in AAA loss
  • Hiroki Kureddarda

    They needed this W because they won’t touch Masterson tomorrow. It will probably be a blow out with the spot starter. Knowing that he had a call up pitching tomorrow Cautionary Joe should have stayed away from his best pitchers, but he just couldn’t help himself. If there’s one person you wouldn’t trust with a arsenal of nuclear missiles it’s Joe Girardi.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Your velo is still there but you’ve been erratic, missing some spots more often than before. I think the All-Star break will do you some good.

    • Evan3457

      Uh…lemme see if I get this right…

      Tomorrow, it’s a blowout, because of the spot starter, AND they won’t touch Masterson tomorrow, so Girardi should have stayed away from his best pitchers in trying to lock up this game that suddenly got tight in the late innings because he just couldn’t help himself.

      So it’s Girardi that doesn’t know how to run a bullpen, I guess, even though that’s his best thing as a manager.


    • captain obvious

      I agree no way they have a chance against Masterson.

  • Slap-Ass

    Nothing comes easy for these clowns.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I was surprised to see Warren in there that early today, even with the extra day’s rest. Granted, the game wound up being much closer than anyone imagined, but I was very surprised to see him be the first guy out of the pen.

    I’d also imagine that Jim Miller didn’t pass his test today.

    Nice win, regardless. Could have done without the extra grey hairs. 3 of 4, with the potential of the bottom falling out of Toronto. Sky ain’t falling yet, Chicken Littles.

    • forensic

      Girardi always does that if the other team is threatening, even with the biggish lead. He’ll use his big guys early and then try to get through the later innings with his bad guys, like he did with Miller (who I’m sure would’ve pitched the 9th too if not for the homer).

    • Evan3457

      Don’t look behind, something might be gaining on you. Namely the suddenly white-hot Rays, who might not wind up trading Price after all. They’ve now won 10 of 12, and are out of the cellar, having taken 3 of 4 from the Tigers, who had just won 12 of 14 and swept Oakland the series before.

  • Tanuki Tanaka

    So we gonna use McCarthy to start or in relief?

    • forensic

      Start. He’s going on Wednesday.

  • Looser trader droids FotD™

    Even the W’s are hard to watch with this team.