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A win is a win is a win. That’s the lesson to be learned from Saturday afternoon’s game when it took extra innings for the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees to find a victor in the matchup. The good and the bad for the Yankees all surrounds catcher Francisco Cervelli.
The scoring started off in the fifth when Cervelli hit an RBI single to give the Bombers a 1-0 lead. Josh Willingham slugged a solo shot in the seventh to tie it up and would be the last run scored during the regularly scheduled portion of baseball.
Jumping ahead to the 11th inning when Francisco Cervelli takes center stage. Trevor Plouffe stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and hit one back to the pitcher’s mound. Yanks hurler Matt Thorton threw home for the force out and then Cervelli attempted to throw to first to try and get the double play. Cervelli’s throw was wide right. The wild throw allowed Josh Willingham to score from second to score the winning run for the Twinkies. 2-1 was the finally tally.
Yohan Pino was the starter on the mound for Minnesota and turned in a respectable outing. Pino went six innings while only allowing one run on three hits and two walks. David Phelps got the start for the Yanks and went seven also giving up one run on three hits and two walks.
Boxscore for the wild throw walk-off can be found here.