Brian Roberts had himself one hell of a Fourth of July. The Yankee second baseman went four-for-five with three doubles and a triple. Seriously, that’s a lot of extra-bases. Everyone in the Yankees lineup 2-5 notched an RBI on Independence Day.
If you’re a fan of good starting pitching, hopefully you weren’t in earshot of Friday’s game. Kyle Gibson only lasted two innings for the Twins and Chase Whitley only went three innings for the Bronx Bombers. Gibson gave up six runs, Whitley gave up four.
The Yankees only scored in the first and second innings, but that’s all they would need. The Yanks scored three before the Twins even got a plate appearance. Brian Dozier answered with a Independence Day firework solo shot in the bottom, but New York answered with two more in the second inning.
Minnesota tried to make a comeback, but fell a run short falling to a tune of 6-5. Chris Colabello homered in his first at-bat since being recalled and Oswaldo Arcia had an RBI triple, but even these pretty cool plays wouldn’t let the home team come away victorious.
There was no doubt that the Twins MVP was Sam Deduno. Deduno came in relief for the struggling Gibson and went 4.2 shutout innings while allowing only three hits. Enjoy a beverage this weekend for Mr. Deduno’s valiant effort.
Here’s your firework highlighted boxscore.