Pen Shows It’s Human In 5-4 Loss To Twins

There was so much good that came out of the first four games of the Yankees season.  The offense was great, the bullpen was great, and the starting pitching was good enough.  They were playing well as a whole and after last night’s game, it looked like they were almost running on all cylinders.  However, as many good games as there are for a team during a season, there are just as many bad ones.  Tonight was one of them as the Twinkies took out the Yanks 5-4 in ten innings.

Sabathia was fantastic tonight, there's no other way of putting it. (Kathy Willens/AP)

This game can be split into two parts: the first seven innings and the last three, so let’s start with the first seven.  CC Sabathia looked fantastic.  He hurled seven innings of two-hit, scoreless baseball and struck out six.  He made hitters looked foolish and even retired the last seventeen batters in a row.

Like yesterday’s game, the Bombers scored all four of their runs off of two homers in the first two innings.  Mark Teixeira got things going in the first with a 3-run blast followed by an Andruw Jones solo shot in the second.  Jones’ homer came in his first ever Yankees at-bat.  After that, Brian Duensing used his fastball/change up combo to keep the Yankee hitters guessing and off the board for the rest of the night.

Now let’s move on to the second part of the game.  Rafael Soriano was brought in to pitch the eighth inning.  This was a little surprising since it was a 4-0 game, and it proved costly.  As a former closer, Soriano feeds off of adrenaline.  In last night’s 4-3 game, he had electric stuff and great location.  Tonight, however, he couldn’t find the plate as he walked three batters and gave up what wound up being four earned runs.

Joe Mauer scores the tying run in the eighth inning on Delmon Young's double. (Kathy Willens/AP)

David Robertson was brought into a 4-1 game with two outs in the eighth and even had Delmon Young down to a 3-2 count.  Since the count was full, the runners were going and Young blooped one down the line to score all three base runners.  It was a brand new ball game.

Both team’s were held scoreless in the ninth which led to bonus baseball for the first time for the Yanks in 2011.  Girardi went to Boone Logan with two of the three batter due up being lefties.  Boone couldn’t get it done though as he handed out a walk, single, single which made it a 5-4 Twins lead which would hold.

The Yankees need to quickly put this one behind them and just move forward with what they did well.  Sure this is going to be a tough loss to swallow, but at least we can all take solace in the fact that both the Rays and Red Sox lost tonight and are still searching for their first wins.

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