The Minnesota Twins really might want to think about letting the Yankees score first one of these postseason games. The Yankees beat the Twins 5-2 in Minnesota to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the 2010 American League Division Series, marking not only their eighth straight win against the Twins in postseason play, but their eighth straight come-from-behind win against the Twins in postseason play.
Andy Pettitte was everything the Yankees could’ve asked for and then some, throwing seven innings of five-hit, two-run ball, and only using 88 pitches to do it. Talk about efficiency. On the other side of the ledger, the Yankees proved me wrong and finally touched Carl Pavano up, hitting the moustache up for four runs over six-plus innings, including a mammoth Lance Berkman go-ahead solo home run and huge RBI double that scored Jorge Posada from first base. If there was anyone left in Yankeeland inexplicably dissatisfied with Big Puma — who has done nothing but get on base, take great at-bats and now knock in two tremendous postseason runs — those fools no longer exist.
Pettitte was touched for one run on a Danny Valencia sacrifice fly in the second, and a game-tying Orlando Hudson solo home run in the sixth, but the Yankees answered right back after the O-Hud home run with the aforementioned Berkman double and an RBI single from Derek Jeter. Curtis Granderson added a huge insurance run in the ninth on a seven-pitch at-bat against Matt Capps.
Kerry Wood and Mariano Rivera took care of business after Pettitte departed, combining for two innings of one-hit, shutout ball. Wood in particular was quite nasty, striking both J.J. Hardy and Orlando Hudson out on a 78-mph curveball and 95-mph fastball, respectively.
The Yankees now head home to the Bronx having won two straight road games and only needing one more victory to advance to the American League Championship Series. While anything can happen, it’s tough not to feel confident about the team’s chances after the stellar baseball they’ve played during the first two games as well as the fact that they get to play two straight at Yankee Stadium, where they’ve had the best record in baseball during the last two seasons.