Yankees 7 Twins 6: Yanks Finally Win An Extra-Inning Road Game

It’s about time the Yanks pulled one out like this, although the blown lead was frustrating.  On the road and up against it, the Yanks bullpen held it together long enough for the offense to push one across in the twelfth, breaking a string of seven consecutive extra-inning road games the team had lost dating back to last season.  Abreu and A-Rod stayed hot, the team stole four bases and worked five walks, and most importantly refused to buckle after losing the 6-3 lead.  Big win, the third straight for the Yanks, and they move above .500 for thr first time since May 4.

Minnesota got on the board first in the first, whe Morneau’s two-out single scored Casilla from second.  They made it 2-0 in the second when Young doubled, Lamb singled, and Punto’s sac fly scored Young.  But the Yanks stormed back with three two-out runs in the third.   JD got it started with a walk and stole second, Jeter’s reaching on an E6 made it first and third, and Abreu whacked a 1-2 curve to left-center to score JD, 2-1.  A-Rod’s 3-2 singled over a leaping Punto gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead.  But Wang, who was not sharp tonight, coughed up the lead right away in the bottom of the third with a lead-off walk to Casilla, Mauer’s bunt single, and Cuddyer’s one-out single to center.  But Wang escaped further damage with consecutive strikeouts of Kubel (after being behind 2-0) and Young.

Wang worked around a lead-off double by Lamb in the fourth to strand him at third.  The Yanks opened it up in the sixth, taking a 6-3 lead.  Matsui worked a lead-off walk–almost always a killer–Giambi singled to end Boof Bonser’s night, Cano popped out to short, and Molina doubled on a 2-2 fastball to right just inside the line to score Matsui, 4-3.  Melky the Clutch scored Giambi from third on a sac fly to deep left, 5-3, and JD’s singled slapped past third scored Molina from second, 6-3.  But Wang and the Yanks gave two back in the bottom of the sixth when Young singled, Punto singled with one out and the two pulled off a double steal, Gomez’s single to right scored Young and ended Wang’s night, 6-4 Yanks.  Casilla then grounded to first and, in a near 3-6-3, Jeter’s errant throw scored Punto, 6-5.

Edwar’s ERA of 0.00 ended tonight when he surrendered a one-out, game-tying homer to Cuddyer in the seventh.  The Yanks had a shot off Joe Nathan in the top of the ninth when Melky led off with a single, but JD grounded into a DP and Jeter fanned.  Nuke entered and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, fanning two.  A-Rod ran himself and the team out of a rally in the tenth when he walked and stole second, but got picked off trying to steal third, terrible.  Ohlendorf entered in the bottom of the tenth and nearly lost it when, with two outs, Lamb whacked a letter-high fastball for a triple to right that was most of the way off the shameful baggie drape.  After intentionally walking Punto, Ohlendorf escaped by fanning Gomez.  He got into more trouble in the eleventh when he got behind Casilla 3-0, came back to 3-2 and allowed a single.  He then walked Mauer but got Morneau on an F* that wasn’t deep, allowing Melky to hold Casilla at second.  Ohlendorf then fanned Cuddyer on a curve and got Kubel on an F7 to escape unharmed.

The Yanks worked some magic in the twelfth when JD chopped a turf single past third, Jeter singled up the middle on a 2-0 fastball to move JD to third, and Abreu’s single to center scored JD, 7-6.  A-Rod’s deep fly out to right in foul territory moved a heads-up Jeter to third, but after Matsui’s walk Giambi flew out to left in foul territory.  But the lead was enormous, for Mariano entered and the greatest relief pitcher in the history of the game shut it down for his 15th save of the year, and his 458th of his illustrious career, fanning Young, getting Lamb on a 4-3, and defensive replacement Wilson Betemit (hold your snickers) snared a Punto liner to end the game.

Huge win for the Yankees, moving them above .500 for the first time since May 4 and giving them their third straight win. JD and Abreu were 2-5 each, with JD scoring twice and adding his 25th RBI and Abreu scoring once and plating two for his team-leading 36th RBI.  JD is now up to .291 and Abreu .298.  A-Rod was 1-5 bit his two RBIs give him 21 now.  Melky was 1-4 with his 24th RBI, and Molina 1-5 with a double and his 6th RBI.  Matsui’s double extended his hitting streak to nine games, and Jeter, Giambi, and Cano added singles. The team left eight on, five in scoring position but scored four two-out runs and stole four bases while working five walks, in all not too shabby.

Wang again wasn’t sharp, going 5 1/3and allowing five runs earned on nine hits and three walks while fanning four on 92 pitches/58 strikes.  His ERA is now up to 4.14.  Although Edwar’s first run allowed of the year on Cuddyer’s homer officially blew the lead, Wang simply couldn’t keep the Twins off the bases or hold leads, with the Twins scoring in four of the six innings in which he pitched.  Also, Cuddyer’s homer notwithstanding, the bullpen did a very good job, allowing only Cuddyer’s homer in he seventh over the last 6 2/3 innings with four hits and two walks–two hits and the walks by Ohlendorf–while fanning eight.  It didn’t occur without drama, but ended well for the Yanks, who still sit 5 1/2 games behind division-leading Tampa Bay.

Darrell Rasner (3-1, 1.80 ERA) faces righty Nate Blackburn (4-3, 3.39 ERA) tomorrow at 2:10 p.m. EDT in an HDLR game, so drop by to see if Rasner can chew up some innings for a recently successful but depleted bullpen.  Big win for the Yanks tonight.  I hope everyone enjoyed.

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