Saturday, May 31, 2014
Nolasco's Pitching, Gardner's Baserunning (Believe It) Doom Yanks
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!