It was his second two-run home run of the game and second career major league home run. This time the hero was a slumping A-Rod (3-for-37 in his previous nine games), who drilled a home run with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead and an eventual win over the Twins on Tuesday night. He allowed two runs and five hits over 6 1-3 innings in Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Minnesota.
The Twins rallied back and took the lead in the sixth, after Nathan Eovaldi was flawless through 6.1 innings, with a three-run frame that featured every Twins batter heading to the plate.
Since starting his major-league career 1-for-9, he’s gone on a 5-for-8 tear over the last three games, hitting. “They were home runs here…I mean they hit two pop ups that accounted for four runs”.
It’s not often you run into a story blessed by its own synchronicity, which is exactly how it felt as Greg Bird was crushing two home runs on Wednesday.
If Bird, who was deemed untouchable by the Yankees, thought that was special, I’m eager to find out what he thought about Wednesday afternoon’s performance. He got the 1st 2 outs, but then he walked Carlos Beltran. If you watch this kid pitch, it’s easy to see why Yankee GM Brian Cashman was reluctant to include him in a trade deadline deal last month.
Fans screaming for Cashman to do something at the deadline would be calling for his job if Hamels’ Yankees career was plagued by injury and Severino wound up pitching well for another team.
“The other one was a very good pitch, out and away, and he just hit it very good”, the pitcher said. “But we’ve got another game tomorrow and I think that’s what everyone’s focused on now”. “It’s really special, and it’s stuff that will serve me well and I won’t ever forget”.
Shane Robinson followed Hermann’s one-out hit in the sixth with a single. “When people said he took too many pitches, he never changed his approach”.
There is no crying in baseball; we all know that by now. “I think teams try to get me early”, Strasburg said.
Called up from Triple-A on Thursday, Bird has been in the lineup since replacing Mark Teixeira on the field Monday night after the switch-hitter fouled a ball off his right shin.
Twins: After the game, manager Paul Molitor indicated that closer Glenn Perkins is being sent back to Minnesota because of back problems and will have an MRI on Wednesday.
Eovaldi retired the first 16 hitters, losing his no-hit bid and flawless game on a soft bloop single over third baseman Chase Headley’s head into shallow left field.
Zimmerman’s single to shallow right brought in Escobar in the top of the ninth to complete the scoring.