Friday, February 27, 2009

Twins Rally To Beat Yanks 5-4

Ian Kennedy started for the Yankees today and pitched well. In two innings he did not allow a run, gave up one hit, struck out three, and walked one.

Besides Kennedy and Anthony Clagget, who also threw two scoreless, there wasn't much to be happy about regarding the Yankees pitching.

Eric Hacker, Andrew Brackman, and George Kontos each gave up a run, and Wilkins De La Rosa gave up two. De La Rosa also picked up the loss.

Brett Gardner had another good game. He went two-for-two with a double, a steal, and a run scored.

Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada also had two hits apiece.

Xavier Nady, Justin Leone, and Cody Ranson each drove in a run.

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

The Yanks will face the Twins again on Saturday, this time at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Joba Chamberlain will start for the Yanks, with Francisco Lirano going for the Twins. Game time is 1:15 p.m. and the game can be seen on the YES network.


YankeePride3 said...

Gardner has looked like this teams spark plug. I hope he plays like this during the year. .270, 2 HR, 50 SB and catching everything in the outfield is exactly what we need. Melky has been playing like hes dead since last July. He thinks he has a a spot locked up, but hes far from it.

I was kind of disappointed with Brackman. I was hoping for dominant or at least an average spring. Anyone know how hard he was throwing today? I'm hoping for a huge year from him and hoping he won't be a bust. I am really tired of all these prospects we bring up being awful. I'm really counting on Montero, Jackson and Brackman

Liam Gallagher said...

Melky does not think that or shouldn't think that. Melky said in a interview that he he feels that he can get a spot on the team. When he ment team, he ment as a bench or full time player. He also said that it is going to be tough to win the job in center. With Gardners speed he can track anything in the outfield.

This was a tough loss, but it's only spring tranning.

Anonymous said...

Brackman is still maybe a year and a half away.

Gardner also had a walk and he stole 2 bases.

I dont like Melky attitude he is already give up be the starter and think about being a bench player after 3 spring training games. Not a good sign.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love seeing that Jorge looks near 100% at the plate.

Still, it's behind the plate that matters most.

Joe said...

My God Ian Kennedy sucks.

She-Fan said...

Love Jorge's bat. We need it in the lineup, whether he DHs or catches.

anonyMOOSE said...

Ok, first off people, it's the 2nd game of spring training. You can't read anything into stuff this early. While I'd take Gardner over Melky in a heartbeat, it takes more than a game or two to consider the guy a sparkplug.

Joe: "My God Ian Kennedy sucks." is that sarcasm or... I don't get it

She-Fan: I hope his shoulder is healthy (and stays healthy). Having a back-to-normal Jorge on offense would be huge. That doesn't even take into account Matsui and the additions of Swish, Tex, and a full season of Nady.

Peter F. said...

I was at the game in Ft Myers. Gardner had dirt on his jersey from his first at bat. He hit the ball HARD (the double was into the gap) and he had TWO steals, not one. His AB where he walked was as good as his hard single and double. He literally looks like the "Pedroia" type spark-plug the yanks have been looking for. Sorry for the Red Sox reference, but this guy looked AWESOME. As for the Melk-man, he looks a bit shell-shocked. He looked awful at the plate and based on Girardi's love of Gardner, I see no reason that he won't be playing opening day.

Peter F. said...

As for Ian Kennedy (again, just my perspective from the stands as opposed to the box score), he looked mediocre. I know he had 3 k's BUT his fastball was around 88-89 for the two innings and he must have thrown at least 4 or 5 change-ups in the dirt. In fairness, he may have just been working on his pitches, trying things out as pitchers should do in spring training. And Cervelli was catching, so...But, overall, I wasn't too impressed with Ian's body language either. He looked annoyed at himself...One last comment, Swisher is a real CHARACTER. He was laughing and talking to the fans from the on-deck circle. He seems like a very loose and relaxed type of guy (which I think is just what the Yanks need).

Joe said...

No sarcasm there at all. Whenever I see Kennedy, or better said hear about him because he is never in the spotlight, I just think about the guy who was too good to be dealt for Santana. And the same guy who just was so confident after "tearing up" minor leagues only to be brought up to the bigs and get rocked again.

The Yankees need about 5 serious injuries before they are forced to use IPK, says enough about him.