The Bronx Bombers weren’t the ones doing the bombing in Friday night’s game. The Minnesota Twins went into New York and just started hammering away putting three balls in the stands in the Yankee Stadium bandbox in the series opener.
All three of the Twins home runs went over 400 feet starting with Oswaldo Arcia’s solo shot in the second inning to start the scoring in the ballgame. The Twins saw two homers in the fourth inning just two batters apart. Josh Willingham first hit a 416 foot solo shot and then two batters later Trevor Plouffe hit a 420 foot two-run blast.
The Yankees matched Arcia’s homer with a Jacoby Ellsbury RBI double in the 3rd, but that’s all New York could muster. Kurt Suzuki and Eduardo Nunez both hit RBI singles in the eighth inning to give the Twins the 6-1 victory.
Ricky Nolasco started the game for the Twins and didn’t put up a horrible line pitching six innings of seven hit and four walk ball. Nolasco threw 107 pitches and now sports a 5.70 ERA after the one-run performance.
Danny Santana was the only Twin to hit an extra-base hit that wasn’t a home run. Santana left the game in the top of the third with a lacerated left eye lid which happened after he stole third and his batting helmet didn’t really agree with his face.