Your starter pitches well (give or take some walks), your star second baseman knocks in big runs and your closer closes. Done. Game over. Another win in Minny.
I like the formula. Of course, I kept wondering why Ron Gardenhire would pitch to Cano. “Don’t let their best player keep beating you.” Isn’t that how managers think? Not Gardenhire, apparently. I guess he figured his starter could handle it. If so, he figured wrong. And big credit to Lyle Overbay for driving in the third run on that sac fly. He’s such a professional hitter.
As the game began, Singleton and Flaherty said our shortstop was someone named Luis Cruiz, who’d been DFA-ed by the Dodgers and was now a Yankee. I get the need for backup with Nix on the DL (I love how the Yankees say they’re “not concerned” about an injury and the next thing you know the player is on the DL, which doesn’t bode well for Kuroda and his hip), but why wouldn’t you keep Gonzalez in the lineup for another night? All he did the night before was be the star of the game. And all Cruz did was make an error. (Maybe he was nervous. Or jet lagged. Or in shock.)
Anyhow, it was a lovely win. Happy 4th, everyone!