The Twins scored three runs in the first inning, but it didn’t matter as Andy Pettitte turned things around after that and the offense, led by Robinson Cano‘s two home runs, showed up in a big way during a 10-4 win against the Twins in Minnesota Monday night.
Cano provided most of the offense early on with a home run in the first and another in the third, but they trailed 4-3 heading into the eighth inning. Cano lead off with a double that inning, Ichiro Suzuki picked up a bunt single to move him over and then an error by the pitcher scored him to tie the game.
The Yankees got the lead when Zoilo Almonte picked up a single to left with the infield in and eventually scored from third with the infield in again thanks to some aggressive baserunning.
Early on things looked quite different for the Yankees. Pettitte gave up three runs in the first inning on 42 pitches. Preston Claiborne was warming up that inning before Andy turned things around. He eventually finished with four earned runs over five innings. The bullpen, Shawn Kelley, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera, pitched four shutout innings to give the Yankees a chance for the win.
• This was the first time the Yankees scored at least 10 runs since May 10 when they scored 11 against the Royals. It’s just the fourth time this season they’ve scored 10 or more.
• Joe Girardi won his 600th game as a MLB manager.
• Pettitte only struck out two batters, but it was enough to tie and pass Whitey Ford for the most strikeouts all-time among Yankees pitchers with 2,386.
• Brett Gardner went 2-for-5. he’s now hitting .352/.393/.543 over his last 26 games.
• Cano is really heating up lately. In his last 19 games he’s hitting a MVP-like .369/.470/.631. He’s a big second half player anyway so hopefully he keeps this roll going for a while.
• Zoilo Almonte went 3-for-5 and picked up his third multi-hit game in his first 12 major league games. He’s also hitting a robust .342/.381/.500 during that span.
• I obviously can’t overlook Ichiro, who went 1-for-2 with a big bunt single. He’s hitting .324/.352/.485 over his last 18 games.
• Vernon Wells went 2-for-3. It was his first multi-hit game since June 8 and second since May 13. So don’t expect another multi-hit game this month if that trend keeps up.
Photo credit: (June 30, 2013 - Source: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America).