It wouldn’t be a Yankees-Twins playoff game if the Yankees didn’t fall behind early only to victimize the Twinkies late in the game to come out ahead for their seventh consecutive playoff victory, 6-4, against Minnesota.
Here are some highlights:
- The Twins had an early 3-0 lead which looked pretty good as Francisco Liriano looked un-hittable early.
- The Yankees drove up his pitch count and took advantage of him with a 4-run 6th inning capped off by a 2-run triple by Curtis, I can hit lefties, Granderson.
- CC Sabathia was clearly gassed as he gave up the game tying run in the bottom of the 6th to knot it at 4-4.
- Sabathia did not have his typical location all night. His line: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
- Mark Teixeira launched a homer to right field that barely stayed fair off of reliever Jesse Crain to make it 6-4.
- Boone Logan, David Robertson, and Kerry Wood got the ball to Mariano Rivera who got a 4 (really a 5) out save to end the game.
- Some lowlights include Jorge Posada not being able to catch a strike that lead to a passed ball and the 3rd Twins run of the night.
- In the 9th inning with 2 outs Delmon Young hit a line drive to right field that Greg Golson caught, but umpires ruled a hit because, well, umpires suck. Rivera got the next batter and it didn’t matter anyway.
That was a big win, but the Yankees can’t rest and have to keep the pedal to the metal tonight as game two is just as important, if not more important, in a short series. For the record, the Yankees have never gotten past the first rond of the playoffs as the wild-card.