The New York Yankees broke their five-game losing streak last night with what seems like an offensive explosion with the way they’ve been scoring runs recently. They scored double-digit runs for the first time since May 10, when they scored 11 against the Kansas City Royals. That is 47 straight games scoring in single digits, a testament to how poor this offense has been.
But the Yankees scoring 10 runs last night was not all on their bats heating up. It had a lot to do with how poorly the Minnesota Twins’ defense was, committing two errors, a few wild pitches, a passed ball and a wild pick-off attempt that led to the Yanks scoring more runs than they had in a month and a half.
Sure, Robinson Cano hit two home runs for three RBIs, but besides him, the rest of the team seemed bleak and Cano had to put them on his shoulders. Fortunately, the Twins handed the Yankees a much-needed win.
A historic moment took place in this game as well, as Yanks veteran lefty Andy Pettitte broke Whitey Ford’s all-time Yankees strikeout record last night with his second strikeout of the night, sitting down Twins slugger Justin Morneau in the fifth inning.
This was his 1,958th strikeout in the Yankees pinstripes (Pettitte pitched three seasons for the Houston Astros). The Yankees have historically been good against the Twins and have three more games against them, so hopefully this four-game series can get them back on track.