Skip to content

Yankees rally for ALDS Game 1 victory over Twins

Oct 7, 2010, 12:25 AM EDT

We saw a variety of different games on this first day of the 2010 baseball playoffs. The Rangers routed the Rays in an afternoon tilt with heavy offense and a stellar performance by left-handed ace Cliff Lee. Then Phillies righty Roy Halladay made history in an early evening contest...

We saw a variety of different games on this first day of the 2010 baseball playoffs. 

The Rangers routed the Rays in an afternoon tilt with heavy offense and a stellar performance by left-handed ace Cliff Lee.  Then Phillies righty Roy Halladay made history in an early evening contest, stealing the show by hurling only the second postseason no-hitter in a decisive Game 1 victory over the Reds.

As for Yankees vs. Twins, the night cap?  Well, that had everything.

Minnesota’s Michael Cuddyer launched a two-run homer to straightaway center field in the bottom of the second inning and Francisco Liriano kicked off his start with five strong scoreless innings.  The Twins looked confident, Target Field was rocking and the home team carried a 3-0 lead into the sixth frame.

But the Yankees, always primed for a rally, kicked in four runs in the top of the sixth on a series of base hits that knocked Liriano from the game and put the Bombers up 4-3.

The resilient Twins managed three walks in the bottom of the sixth inning against a tiring CC Sabathia, including a bases-loaded free pass that tied the game at 4-4.  Sabathia reached 112 pitches and wouldn’t return in the seventh.  But that’s the last sniff of hope that the fans at Target Field would get.

Enter Mark Teixeira. 

The big first baseman, battling a sore thumb for close to a month, launched a towering two-run homer to deep right field in the seventh inning to put the Yankees back on top 6-4.  That lead would hold, many thanks to a four-out save by future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera, who threw cutter after cutter in the exact same spot and left the Twins’ final batters hopeless for a comeback.  By our count, Mo broke three bats.

Welcome to the 2010 edition of baseball’s postseason.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 7, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Great first playoff day. How is this postseason going to live up to it? We shall see….

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 7, 2010 at 7:52 AM

    Not so great if you are a fan of the Twinkies…looks like just another year of choking for them. The Twins fans were asking why they weren’t being given the respect that the Phillies were getting. Game 1 should show why…Phillies give Halladay 4 runs and he gives up no hits. Twinkies stake Liriano to a 3-0, and he can’t hold it. Sure, the Yankers are better than the Reds…but still…if Liriano is an ace, like Halladay/Lee, then he should be able to hold the lead. He didn’t and now they are toast. Yankers in 4 at best for the Twinkies.

  3. Buffalo - Oct 7, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Come one, you guys aren’t gonna choke…. Pavano will pick you up tonight cough, cough, cough! This will be interesting to see who shows up in Pavano’s uniform tonight, and who shows up in the batters box while he’s on the mound! This could be “payback” either direction with the possibility of a slaughter by NY. Game on!!!!

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 7, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Where are all the Twinkies fans hiding today? If you want respect, then you have to come out and make a case for your team to still win the series, even after watching your ace choke away a 3-0 lead last night. Bring it Twinkie fans. I think the Twins are done in 4, if they are lucky enough to beat Hughes in Game 3.

  5. gogoSox - Oct 7, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    I particularly like that Aaron doesnt have a single thing up this morning… poor aaron…

  6. jimbeetle - Oct 7, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    I counted four broken bats: Span (either the announcers missed it or TBS cut away too soon), Hudson, Mauer, Thome.

  7. kander13 - Oct 7, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Fiorentino, Twins fan right here. What do you want us to say? The Twins couldn’t come up with a big hit when they needed it when CC was down.
    I’ve been to over 20 games throughout the year at Target Field and I’ve never seen the ball carry like it did last night. I don’t know if TBS picked up on that or not, but Granderson’s triple came off the bat as a popup.
    It’s not an excuse, because what’s the point? The Twins lost, and need killer Carl to have a huge game tonight.
    I don’t know if it was you or some other Phils fan saying that the Yankees and Phillies just should meet next week while the weather is still good. Hopefully the Giants make it through so they can take you out and I can hear your bitching until April about some unknown reason.

  8. BigBBFan - Oct 7, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Damndest popup I ever saw.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Do Royals or A's have the edge tonight?
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. D. Jeter (3333)
  2. C. Kershaw (2517)
  3. R. Martin (2428)
  4. A. Rodriguez (2064)
  5. J. Altuve (1931)
  1. D. Gordon (1915)
  2. J. Hamilton (1857)
  3. I. Suzuki (1700)
  4. D. Ortiz (1683)
  5. E. Volquez (1629)