Categories Yanks Gamers/Postmortems Meeting Francisco: Twins-Yanks Gamer III Post author By Paul SF Post date April 7, 2011 17 Comments on Meeting Francisco: Twins-Yanks Gamer III Future Yankee Francisco Liriano is on the mound for the Twins as the clubs play a getaway game. Comment away! ← Surprise Start = Win? Sox-Tribe Gamer III → Ugh. 17 replies on “Meeting Francisco: Twins-Yanks Gamer III” Nice to see Gardenhire and his band of rollovers doing their best to lay down for NY again. Following game via game-day audio from my hotel in Qatar. Love mlb.com. Yanks clinging to a 4-3 lead as they head to the bottom of the 7th. Assuming Soriano will be on the mound again after having yesterday off, I sure hope he can redeem Tuesday’s atrocious outing… Jeter leads off with a single – Twins to their pen. Some insurance please… Swish hits into what should have been a DP but Nishioka bounces the relay to Morneau who can’t ocme up with it and up comes red-hot Teix with Swish on and one out. Swish takes out Nishioka on that DP relay and Teix is safe at right. Nishioka is down. Let’s go A-Rod. Ugh – Nishioka not bending his knee and has to come out. Sterling says it was a clean take-out slide by Swisher. Of course, it’s Sterling so impossible to know for sure. Soriano coming off his implosion is in to face 3 monster lefty sluggers with a 1-run cushion: Mauer, Morneau, and Thome. Gulp. Mauer singles. Double-gulp. Deep fly-out. 1 down. Infield pop-out. One out from Mo…come on…and Suzyn Waldman reports that Soriano said after Tuesday’s implosion that he did have some trouble focusing given that it was not a save situation or tight game. And because it is cold and he doesn’t throw as hard in the cold. Whatever. He gets another pop-up and the inning’s over. Exhale. Come on guys, wrap this one up and get on the plane to Boston! Boston is 0-6 – what a shame, huh? NOT! Mariano – 1 pitch, 1 out. We are so spoiled with this guy. Nothing is going to be as big a shock to the system as his retirement. 7 pitches, 3 outs. Yanks win 4-3. Ridiculous – I heart Mariano. Off to Boston. Main take-away: AJ with a second good outing – 6 IP, 2 runs. Rivera already with 4 saves, on pace for a healthy 108. Yeah Andrew – racking up those early saves is also nice to see in that it makes it more likely that he’ll be able to catch and pass Hoffman for all-time saves. He’s now 39 saves away from breaking Hoffman’s 601-mark. While playing his full career in the beastly AL East of course. It may sound corny but I really feel like being able to see Jeter become the only Yankee to ever get 3,000 hits and Mariano set that saves-mark with both doing it all for one team will be a real privilege. Once Hoffman retired I don’t think it was ever in any doubt that Rivera would break his record. This could indeed be a pretty awesome year for individual achievements. If Mo can pull it off this year it would be awesome. And it is certainly conceivable at 39 to go. Comments are closed.