Coming into tonight’s game only 2 Yankees had good numbers off of Twins starter Francisco Liriano; Brett Gardner & Derek Jeter. Well, Gardner along with CC Sabathia played a key role in the Yankees 8-3 win over the Twins.
GARDNER HAS PERFECT GAME: No, Gardner didn’t pitch (although I would like to see that one day), but Gardner was 2 for 2 with 2 walks, 2 doubles and a stole base. Gardner also set the tone defensively as he was able to nab a sinking liner off the bat of Josh Willingham. Kind of makes up for the first inning when Curtis Granderson robbed Gardner’s ball when Gardner was clearly under it. Gardner was originally slated to be in the lineup vs. the lefty since he had good numbers to begin with. Looks like the Twins will have to be careful with Gardner the next time he faces Liriano.
SABATHIA PITCHES A GEM: The way that CC Sabathia started the ball game, it looked as if he wasn’t going to make it to the 8th inning, but after the Yankees were able to get Sabathia the lead, Sabathia shut down the Twins offense and showed them who was the boss. Not only that, but Sabathia got his first win of the season. Everything is good in Yankee land so far.
STEWART HAS 3 RBI’S: Chris Stewart was originally in the game to give Russell Martin a day off and to catch defensively. In the end, Stewart had 3 RBI’s to show for it. For a catcher that doesn’t hit very well, he seemed to have gotten off on the right foot with Yankees fans.
FLU-MANIA HITS TEIXEIRA: Ivan Nova had a fever in his last outing, Brett Gardner had the flu over the weekend and today–it was Mark Teixeira‘s turn to catch the bug. Tex was originally in the lineup before he was scratched due to flu-like symptoms. Here’s a way for the Yankees to prevent anyone else from getting the bug: carry hand sanitizer and wash your hands. Yanks, washing your hands is not a foreign concept.
A COMICAL GAME: Besides making the game a laugher (ha, ha, ha), the game had it’s moments where fans started laughing–at the Twins antics. It started when Francisco Liriano was told that he balked by the home plate umpire. Ron Gardenhire didn’t look amused and neither did any of the Twins in the dugout. Tensions boiled over in the 3rd inning when Denard Span thought it would be okay to argue balls and strikes with the home plate umpire. That earned Span an automatic ejection. Span continued to argue while Gardenhire got out of the dugout to speak to the umpire. Gardenhire obviously was still upset about the balk call, so he started to throw some colorful language into his conversation which earned him an ejection. Here’s a lesson folks: never argue with the home plate umpire. He has the power to decide your future. Also another comical (yet somewhat annoying) moment in the game was when a fan thought it would be fun to go on the field and take off his shirt. While police were chasing him down, the Yankees were scared for their lives and the Twins were amused in the dugout. Not sure the Twins were amused when they saw the final score, now were they?
WHAT’S NEXT: Game 3 of the 4 game set is tomorrow night at 7:05pm with Hiroki Kuroda getting the start. How about another gem Kuroda? The last one was a beauty!