Francisco Liriano would keep the Yankees scoreless until the top of the fourth. Robinson Cano got things started with a single to center. Cervelli grounded into a force out leaving him as the lone baserunner at first. Kevin Russo then continued to make a name for himself in the Majors, doubling Cervelli home with a line drive to left and tying the game at 1-1. In the top of the sixth, Russo came through for the Yankee again, singling with two outs and scoring when Brett Gardner sent a triple into right field, putting the Yankees ahead 2-1.
The Yankees lead did not last long, however. In the bottom of the seveth, Michael Cuddyer singled with one out. Delmon Young then followed with a double to center and the game was tied again, 2-2. Pettitte continued to hurl for the Yankees, having thrown only 94 pitches through eight innings. After two quick outs in the top of the ninth, Nick Swisher, who was batting second, drove a homer over the right field fence to give the Yankees the 3-2 lead and give Mariano Rivera a chance to pick up his second save of the day. Sure enough, Mo sat down all three hitters he faced and the Yankees had their second victory of the day.
Marcus Thames: The Yankee DH went 0-3 with a strikeout.
Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod also went 0-3 and committed an error.
RISP: The Yankees managed to win both games without getting a single hit with runners in scoring position. They went 0-9 in this game.
Andy Pettitte: Going eight innings with only 94 pitches, Pettitte was fantastic and probably could have pulled off the complete game had Girardi let him. He gave up eight hits and two runs, but didn’t walk anyone, striking out four batters.
Kevin Russo: Russo was a part of the first two Yankee runs, going 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI. He is making his stay with the big club memorable.
Nick Swisher: In a field that doesn’t give up many homers, Nick Swisher went yard in the ninth inning to give the Yankees the win. He went 2-5 with a RBI and run scored.
Mariano Rivera: Two saves in one day. Twice as nice.
In the On Deck Circle:
The Yankees will finish up their short roadtrip (I mean, CitiField barely counts as being on the road, right?) tonight, sending Javier Vazquez to the mound as they try to pull off the sweep. Vazquez has looked great in his last couple starts and as this is an American League game, there is no real worry that he will hurt his finger bunting again. In his last outing he held the Mets to just one hit over six innings. Justin Morneau seems to have Vazquez’s number, however, as he is 14-40 with six homers off Javy. Nick Blackburn will take the mound for the Twins, coming off an excellent performance against Milwaukee. He gave up three runs over 7.1 innings. He also has the only Twins win against the Yankees this year, as he held the Bombers to 3 runs over seven innings in his last outing against them on May 16th. The first pitch is at 8:10 at Target Field.