By: Christopher Torola
The saddest part about this series, other than the Twins failing to win even one game against the Yankees this year, is it seemed like the Yankees weren't really trying that hard. They made multiple base running mistakes, throwing errors, and didn't hit for power until they were extending their lead in the late innings of the third game. I am not sure what it is about the Yankees, whether it might be the mystique or something more tangible, but the Twins do not play good enough baseball when facing the Bronx Bombers.
The one great moment in the series was watching gifted young outfielder, Carlos Gomez, make a perfectly timed jumping catch to pull back a would-be grand slam off the bat of Alex Rodriguez. It is also nice that Joe Mauer has enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title, which he is currently winning by a landslide. None of which changes the fact that the Twins will have as many wins versus the Yankees this year as Justin Morneau had hits in this series; zero.
Today's game, in my opinion, was even hard to watch. Half of the Twins runs were on bases loaded walks, and a third was a result of a throwing error. To me that says that the Yankees gave the Twins more runs than they earned today, even though they did have to take the walks. I imagine it was even hard for Yankee's fans to watch two teams make so many amateurish plays. Their lone bright spot, other then picking up a game on the Red Sox, may be Mark Teixeira finally ending an almost month long homerless streak.
As of now, the Twins are four games back of the Tigers and two and a half behind the White Sox (who misplaced their minor league starting pitcher today... How do you lose a guy the size of Bartolo Colon anyway?) and are in third for the division.