After a disappointing series loss in Detroit, the Yankees are back on the winning track. They have played 2 out of the 3 games in the Twins series in the Bronx, and have won both games, securing the series victory. The way the team played in Detroit had me worried. But back in the Bronx, everything game together again. And just in time - these next few series are very important.
In the first half of game 1, I was beginning to throw a tantrum because I thought the Yankees sluggish offense would continue. They were scoreless for 12 straight innings, dating back to the finale in Detroit, before Brett Gardner changed everything with one swing of the bat. In the 4th inning, Gardner led off with a monster solo homer into the right field bleachers to tie the game at 1.
The game went back and forth from there, keeping me on edge the entire time. But in the 7th, I was finally able to sit back - only after jumping up. After Gardenhire disregarded the matchups and put in Matt Guerrier, Alex Rodriguez stepped up to the plate. As we all know, Alex has a flair for the dramatic. With bases loaded, A-Rod took a storybook swing, and planted the baseball way way back into the left-centerfield seats. This magical grand slam gave the Yankees a 7-4 lead - a lead that they held on to. The Yankees won game 1 8-4, and had a newfound swagger and confidence.
Game 2 was Andy Pettitte's turn to toe the rubber. Eyes were closely watching Pettitte, looking out for any signs of the elbow discomfort that sidelined him last week. But Andy was superb and dandy as usual. In 6.1 innings pitched, Andy didn't allow a run, and held the Twins to just 2 hits. The bullpen did a nice job of keeping the Twins bats stable.
Offensively, the Bronx Bombers were back again. The big inning with the offensive explosion occurred in the 7th. Before this inning, the game was still tight at 3-0 Yankees. The Yankees decided it was time to give themselves a little breathing room.
The rally started off relatively innocently, with a leadoff walk by Nick Swisher. Mark Teixiera followed with the most beastly home run I have ever seen in my 16 years. Tex's 2-run homer went into the luxury suite section, flirting with the upper-upper deck. Alex Rodriguez followed with a double, which was almost a homer, off the centerfield wall. Jorge Posada then went deep to center for a 2-run homer. By the end of the inning, it was 7-0 Yankees. They went on to win it 7-1.
I was overjoyed the the Yankee bats woke up in the first 2 games of this series. Because of all the injuries, I was afraid the team was slowing down a bit. The finale of the series will be played tomorrow. Sergio Mitre will start for the Yanks.
It's another series win for the defending World Champions. Let's hope they remain on the winning track.
by Virginia Califano
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