Friday, February 27, 2009

Kids Give it Away

Yankees fall to Twins, 5-4, as Bullpen Falters

Ian Kennedy looked good, but a group of young pitchers- Eric Hacker, Andrew Brackman, George Kontos, and Wilkins De la Rosa - couldn't hold the Yankees 3-0 lead. The Twins snapped a 3-3 tie with a pair of runs in the 8th and staved off a Yankees rally in the 9th, for a 5-4 victory. It was the Yankees first loss of Spring Training.

The Yankees banged out 14 hits, but after scoring a pair of runs in the first inning, and adding another in the second on a Justin Leone home run, they didn't score another run until the 9th, and that was with the help of an error.

Hacker, who had a tremendous year split between Tampa and Trenton in '08, struggled through 2 innings, allowing the Twins first run in the fourth inning. Anthony Claggett came on to get Hacker out of further trouble and added a scoreless 5th inning as well.

But then things went south. Brackman allowed a solo home run to Jason Kubel in the sixth, to cut the lead to 3-2. The Twins then tied the game with a run on three hits in the seventh against Kontos, who struck out 2, to tie the game.

Minnesota went ahead in the eighth with a pair of runs off of De la Rosa, who allowed 2 hits and 2 walks in two-thirds of an inning. Steven Jackson came on to get the final out.

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With a 2 1/2 hr ride each way, the Yankees left most of their regulars home.

Jorge Posada, who had a home run and double yesterday, added two singles in today's game.

February 27, 2009
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NY Yankees
2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 14 0
0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 X 5 11 2

Gardner, CF2120100.429
Jackson, A, CF2110011.500
Ransom, 2B3111012.167
Pena, 2B2010010.250
Swisher, 1B3020001.500
Miranda, 1B2010002.400
Posada, DH3020002.800
1-Rodriguez, J, PR-DH1000101.333
Nady, RF3001004.200
Linden, RF2000014.200
Cabrera, M, LF3000003.000
Russo, LF2000000.000
Berroa, SS2010100.667
Nunez, E, SS2010003.333
Leone, 3B3111003.250
Bernier, 3B00001001.000
Cervelli, C3010000.250
Romine, C1000001.000

1-Ran for Posada in the 5th.

2B: Gardner (1, Baker), Miranda (1, Delaney).
HR: Leone (1, 2nd inning off Baker, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Gardner 3; Jackson, A; Ransom; Pena; Swisher 2; Miranda 2; Posada 2; Berroa; Nunez, E; Leone 4; Cervelli.
RBI: Ransom (1), Nady (1), Leone (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera, M; Ransom; Leone 2; Swisher; Jackson, A; Linden; Nunez, E 2.
Team LOB: 12.

SB: Gardner 2 (2, 2nd base off Duensing/Redmond, 2nd base off Baker/Redmond).
CS: Rodriguez, J (1, 2nd base by Mulvey/Ramos), Nunez, E (1, 2nd base by Julianel/Ramos).

DP: 2 (Leone-Ransom-Swisher, Pena-Berroa-Miranda).

Kennedy 2.01001300.00
Hacker (H, 1)1.03112009.00
Claggett (H, 1)2.01000100.00
Brackman (H, 1)1.01110019.00
Kontos (BS, 1)1.03110209.00
De La Rosa (L, 0-1)0.222221027.00
Jackson, S 0.10000000.00

Gomez, CF1000110.000
Martin, CF2021000.714
Casilla, 2B2000101.250
Tolbert, 2B-RF2011002.167
Crede, DH2000112.000
a-Hughes, PH-DH1000012.333
Morneau, 1B2010001.500
1-Peterson, PR-1B2100012.250
Cuddyer, RF2010000.250
2-Winfree, PR-RF2010000.400
3-Plouffe, PR-SS0100000.000
Young, LF2021000.750
Kubel, LF1111000.333
Pridie, LF1000011.333
Redmond, C2000013.250
Ramos, C1100100.000
Harris, 3B2000013.400
Valencia, 3B21210001.000
Punto, SS2000002.000
Macri, SS-2B1000101.000

a-Struck out for Crede in the 7th.
1-Ran for Morneau in the 4th. 2-Ran for Cuddyer in the 4th. 3-Ran for Winfree in the 8th.

2B: Morneau (2, Hacker).
HR: Kubel (1, 6th inning off Brackman, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Martin 2; Tolbert; Morneau 2; Cuddyer; Winfree; Young 2; Kubel 4; Valencia 2.
RBI: Young (1), Kubel (1), Tolbert (1), Valencia (1), Martin (2).
2-out RBI: Kubel.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Harris; Punto; Peterson; Tolbert 2.
SF: Martin.
GIDP: Crede; Casilla.
Team LOB: 9.

SB: Young (1, 2nd base off Kennedy/Cervelli).

E: Casilla (1, throw), Valencia (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Gomez (Berroa at 2nd base).

Baker 2.063300113.50
Duensing 2.02002100.00
Mulvey 2.02000100.00
Delaney 1.01000100.00
Julianel (W, 1-0)1.01001000.00
Gosling (S, 1)1.02101100.00

Hacker pitched to 3 batters in the 4th.

WP: Kennedy, Mulvey.
Groundouts-flyouts: Kennedy 1-2, Hacker 3-0, Claggett 2-3, Brackman 0-3, Kontos 0-1, De La Rosa 0-1, Jackson, S 0-1, Baker 3-2, Duensing 3-2, Mulvey 1-3, Delaney 0-2, Julianel 1-1, Gosling 1-1.
Batters faced: Kennedy 8, Hacker 7, Claggett 6, Brackman 4, Kontos 6, De La Rosa 6, Jackson, S 1, Baker 11, Duensing 10, Mulvey 7, Delaney 4, Julianel 4, Gosling 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Claggett 2-0, Jackson, S 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Randy Marsh. 1B: Tim Tschida. 2B: Brian O'Nora. 3B: Marvin Hudson.
Weather: 78 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 12 mph, R to L.
T: 3:11.
Att: 7,998.

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