Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nolasco's Pitching, Gardner's Baserunning (Believe It) Doom Yanks

The Yankees opened a 6-game homestand last night, facing the Minnesota Twins. Being back home? Good news.

Vidal Nuno was the starting pitcher? Bad news.

Nuno wasn't horrible, getting into the 7th inning, but allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, and no walks. The no walks is a great sign, but he's still not Yankee-quality.

Even if he had been Yankee-quality last night, he wouldn't have won, because the bats didn't get it done. Ricky Nolasco started for the Twins, and he got the job done: 6 innings, 1 run. Every Yankee starter except Mark Teixeira got a hit, but we couldn't string them together. The only Yankee run came in the 3rd inning, when John Ryan Murphy led off with a single, Brett Gardner grounded into a force play, he stole 2nd, Derek Jeter grounded out to send him to 3rd, and Jacoby Ellsbury doubled him home.

Men on 1st & 2nd in the 1st -- nobody got to 3rd. Leadoff single by Gardner in the 2nd -- and the man best known for his baserunning was subsequently picked off. Bottom of the 5th, Gardner walked and stole 2nd, but when Jeter singled, Gardner -- again, best known for his baserunning -- was thrown out at the plate. Men on 1st & 2nd in the 6th -- nobody got to 3rd. Yangervis Solarte doubled in the 9th -- stayed on 2nd. Yankee RISPfail at its finest.

Twins 6, Yankees 1. WP: Nolasco (3-5). No save. LP: Nuno (1-2).

The series continues, a few minutes after I post this. Masahiro Tanaka, this year's losing streak-stopper, starts against Kevin Correia.

Come on you Pinstripes!

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