The Yankees finished their road trip today, defeating the Twins 3-0. The Yankees went 5-2 on the road trip, and Ivan Nova pitched the best game of the trip today.
Nova shut down and shut out the Twins lineup for seven innings, surrendering only five hits and one walk. Nova struck out five, and was able to work around two mishaps by the Yankees defense.
Most notably was Nova's ability to work out of trouble in the 5th inning. Follow a Jim Thome single, Danny Valencia hit a fly ball in between Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher. The two outfielders failed to communicate, and the ball dropped. With second and third and no outs, Nova buckled down and finished the inning with two strike outs, a ground out, and no runs allowed.
The Yankees bullpen finished the game off with two scoreless innings by David Robertson and Mariano Rivera. Robertson allowed two hits and a walk, while Rivera got the Twins to go down 1-2-3.
The offense of the day came from a Russell Martin sac fly, and back to back home runs hit by Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira. Granderson's home run was an inside the parker, the first in Target Field history, and the third of Granderson's career.
The Yankees head back to the Bronx to take on the Oakland Athletics this week, and I will be at the game on Wednesday. Go Yankees!
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