July 5, 2007

Game 84: New York Yankees

The Yankees put up a big second inning and held on for a 7-6 victory over the Twins today. Kevin Slowey had a rough outing, and it looks like his stay has come to an end for now. The offense wasn't bad, and scored one run in the ninth but couldn't tie it up. With the loss, the Twins are now 43-41, and thanks to the Tigers, remain only 7.5 games back in the division.

Kevin Slowey has had his highs and lows this season, and today was definitely a low. Slowey had a very rough second inning, and allowed the Yankees to score five and take the lead. His final line was 3.2 innings, 8 hits, 5 runs and 2 strikeouts. He also allowed two more homeruns, and that has been one of his biggest problems. Slowey didn't get the loss because the Twins battled back, but he does have a 5.84 ERA.

The bullpen was pretty good, and had to pick up a lot of innings. Dennys Reyes pitched first out of the bullpen and went 1.2 innings allowing just two hits. Next out of the bullpen was Matt Guerrier and he continued to pitch sharp as he also pitched 1.2 innings allowing just two hits. Pat Neshek allowed a two-run homerun in the eighth and the Yankees took the lead. The Twins were unable to battle back, and Neshek took his first loss of the season. On the season, Neshek is now 3-1 with a 1.74 ERA.

The offense had a pretty good game, and had ten total hits. The key players on the day were the first four hitters who went a combined 5-14 with all 6 RBI. Cuddyer pick up an RBI and now has 52, Morneau now has 63, Mauer now has 32 and Bartlett now has 23.

For more stats, make sure to check out the Box Score.