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Friday, October 09, 2009

Twins @ Yankees ALDS Game 2: Yankees 4, Twins 3 (11 Innings)

Top 4th: With two out, Yankees starter A.J. Burnett plunked both Delmon Young and Carlos Gomez. That brought Matt Tolbert to the plate; he singled, and almost scored Young from second, but Gomez overran second and was tagged out by Derek Jeter before Young had a chance to score. The call brought out a confused Joe Girardi and Ron Gardenhire to have them explain the situation; the Twins are 1-for-1 with runners in scoring position but still don't have an RBI. Still scoreless.

Top 5th: The Twins get their second baserunner on with two out in the form of Orlando Cabrera, who walked. Burnett then falls behind Joe Mauer 3-0 and walks him on a 3-1 pitch. For the second inning in a row, the Twins have men on first and second with two out, only this time they've got Jason Kubel at bat. It's Burnett's fourth walk of the night, but he's got a two-hitter going through 4.2; Nick Blackburn has yet to allow a hit. Kubel bounces out to second for an easy end of the fifth.

Top 6th: Minnesota finally breaks through with yet another two-out rally, only this time Brendan Harris punches an RBI triple to cash in Delmon Young. It's 1-0 Twins but Punto grounds out to end the inning. Blackburn will have to face the 9-1-2 batters in the bottom of the frame.

Day after: The Twinks got a pair in the top of the eighth off Phil Hughes; true to form with the Twins in this game, it came on a two-out rally following a Carlos Gomez walk and a Brendan Harris single; Nick Punto's RBI single pushed across Gomez. That brought out Mariano Rivera, but Denard Span hit him anyway, making it 3-1 Twins.

New York went scoreless in the bottom of the frame, but normally untouchable closer Joe Nathan missed the plate wildly and gave up a single to Mark Teixeira and a homer to A-Rod to tie the game 3-3; the teams traded zeroes in extras until Teixeira homered off Jose Mijares in the 11th for the Yankees win. As I expected, this wasn't really a fair fight, and the Twins will go away rather quickly, though the old Metrodome will get a final postseason game, at least, in its last year.


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