The Yankees bats were very quiet to start the game, but they woke up late in the game and exploded for another eight runs. The Yankees were able to take game two of this three-game series from the Minnesota Twins 8-4.
CC Sabathia took to the mound and needed to provide the Yankees with a solid start after the entire bullpen was used last night. Within the first four innings, CC Sabathia looked great, and fans even thought CC was on his way to a perfect game. That thought was not there for long though as CC Sabathia struggled in the fifth and seventh innings. He finished the night going six and two-thirds giving up four runs.
The Yankees were able to strike first in the bottom of the fourth inning. Carlos Beltran continued his hot August with a ground-rule double. Then, Yankees rookie first basemen, Greg Bird, got his third career hit and his first RBI, as Beltran crossed the plate to make the score 1-0.
In the fifth inning CC Sabathia gave up a walk and a hit before Kurt Suzuki stepped to the plate. Suzuki hit a ball down the line scoring one run, and the next runner tried to score but was thrown out by Didi Gregorius after a great relay throw. CC Sabathia had a smooth sixth inning but struggled in the seventh. CC walked Joe Mauer and the young Twins hitter, Miguel Sano, hit a two-run home run to take the lead 3-1.
After the home run, CC Sabathia was able to get the next two hitters out but then failed to close out the inning. Sabathia gave up back to back singles before Joe Girardi came out and made the call to the bullpen. Nick Rumbelow came into to pitch and gave up a base hit that scored another run. Rumbelow struck out the next batter, but the damage had already been down as the Twins lead 4-1.
The Yankees did not go down without a fight as the team was able to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh with Alex Rodriguez coming to the plate. Alex Rodriguez was overdue for a homer and hit a grand slam, his 25th homer of the yar. Yankee Stadium was jumping for joy as Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees the lead back 5-4. Not only was it a grand slam for A-Rod, but he also became MLB’s grand slam leader with 25.
The Yankees were able to get more runs in the bottom of the eighth. Chase Headley, who pinched hit in the seventh to help start that rally, got a double. That double would score two runs for the Yankees to make it 7-4. Then a couple batters later, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a single to make the game 8-4.
The bullpen closed it down, and the Yankees get another win. The finale of this three-game series will be a day game, this Wednesday. First pitch is at 1:05 as Nathan Eovaldi tries to win and get the sweep for the Bronx Bombers.
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