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Yanks 13, Twins 10
Posted By Alex Belth On August 20, 2004 @ 8:38 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled
“We made one helluva comeback, then we saw something we haven’t seen all year,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I still can’t believe Sheffield hit that out.” (Star Trib)
The Yankee offense  was in good form last night even if the bullpen  was not. The Yanks won a wildly entertaining game  by the skin of their teeth, something Yankee fans have grown accustom  to this season. The New Yorkers broke the game  open with five runs in the fifth and by the seventh inning stretch led 9-3. Minnesota’s center fielder Torii Hunter  collided with the outfield wall trying to rob Jorge Posada of a double to start the fifth and had to leave the game on a cart. It was a scary moment, one that had me rattled watching at home. Generally, I hate any team the Yankees are playing, no matter what I think of them objectively. But even in the heat of competition, it’s difficult to dislike Hunter. As he lay on the ground I was really concerned that he seriously injured himself. Fortunately, he seems to be OK.
But Twins starter Carlos Silva  was rattled and Gary Sheffield capped the scoring off when he launched a tits-high fastball into the left field seats for a three-run dinger. Alex Rodriguez  would add a two-run shot in his return and the Yanks were cruising. But El Duque couldn’t get out of the seventh and for the second-consecutive game reliever Paul Quantrill gave up three straight hits. The Twins  scored five in the seventh and then resident Yankee-killer Shannon Stewart (four hits) smacked a two-out triple off of Flash Gordon in the eighth to put Minnesota ahead 10-9.
However, the Yankees were not done. After Derek Jeter grounded out to start the ninth off of Joe Nathan, Gary Sheffield  tied the game with his second dinger of the night (and 30th of the season). It wasn’t a terrible pitch; fastball low and away. Sheffield yanked it to the seats in left. (Which made me wonder: How many home runs has Sheffield hit to either center or right field this year? Off the top of my head, I can recall only one that he hit to right, in the second game of the season back in Japan.) Nathan has been brilliant this year but the Yanks got to him. Alex Rodriguez followed with a single–his third hit of the game–and promptly swiped second base. He scored on Hideki Matsui’s RBI single to right. The Bombers added two more runs thanks to a pinch-hit by Ruben Sierra.
Mariano Rivera put heads to bed in the bottom of the ninth, throwing ten pitches and striking out the side. As the team went through the post-game, high-figh conga-line, Rivera was uncharacteristically animated. With Sheffield and Rivera leading the way, Yankee fans could sleep comfortably knowing they would not be swept. However, the Twins have their attention. The Bombers made like Fellini  and gained a half-a-game on the idle Boston Red Sox .
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URLs in this post:
 The Yankee offense: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/224031p-192475c.html
 bullpen: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-sbyanks203936500aug20,0,6852649.story?coll=ny-yankees-bigpix
 wildly entertaining game: http://www.bat-girl.com/archives/000422.html
 grown accustom: http://yankeefan.blogspot.com/2004/08/win-is-win.html
 game: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/gameLog?gameId=240819109
 Torii Hunter: http://www.startribune.com/stories/509/4938016.html
 Carlos Silva: http://www.aarongleeman.com/2004_08_15_baseballblog_archive.html#109297447413365038
 Alex Rodriguez: http://www.startribune.com/stories/509/4937834.html
 The Twins: http://www.startribune.com/stories/509/4937770.html
 Gary Sheffield: http://www.startribune.com/stories/509/4938067.html
 Fellini: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=140
 Boston Red Sox: http://www.bambinoscurse.com/archives/2004_08_15_index.php#bc109300504583898470
 According: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/224030p-192474c.html
 reports: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spytrade203936449aug20,0,4525572.story?coll=ny-yankees-print
 local papers: http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/18861.htm
 unlikely: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/20/sports/baseball/20pins.html
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