The Yankees celebrated George M. Steinbrenner III’s birthday in style with a 9-5 over the Minnesota Twins. They also overcame two Justin Morneau home runs, some shoddy work out of the bullpen and were able to complete the four-game sweep.
Today’s hitting stars were Travis Hafner who was 3-4 and scored two runs, Vernon Wells who was 2-4 with three RBI, Ichiro Suzuki who was a home run short of the cycle and had two RBI, and the Yankees’ newest acquisition Luis Cruz who finished the day 2-4 with an RBI.
Robinson Cano saw his six-game hitting streak come to an end but he still got an RBI on a sac fly in the top of the first.
David Phelps lasted 6.1 innings and left with a 9-2 lead but allowed a couple of guys on base and when they came around thanks to both Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan, he was charged with four earned runs on the day. Phelps also struck out five, didn’t walk a batter and surrendered one of Morneau’s homers. Logan was the other Morneau victim.
After Logan put two men on with no one out in the eighth, Joe Girardi called upon Shawn Kelley to clean up the mess and he did. He struck out two batters and induced a ground out, and the Yankees escaped further damage.
David Robertson came in to close the game because Mariano Rivera had appeared in the previous three games and Girardi said he’d be unavailable. Robertson got a fly out, strikeout and a ground out to end the game and complete the sweep.
Next up for the Yankees, a series at home against the Baltimore Orioles, the team that swept the before they flew out to Minnesota. Hopefully, the results will be different this weekend.