6:07 PM ET, October 7, 2010
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Longest Postseason Home Losing Skids
With their loss Thursday, the Twins tied the Philadelphia Phillies for longest home losing streak in postseason history.
The Yankees have never lost a postseason game in Minnesota, improving to 7-0. ... In their 13 meetings in the playoffs since 2003, the Yankees have homered 16 times against the Twins. Fourteen of those have come in the last eight meetings. ... Of the 16 teams before this year to lose the first two games of the division series at home, the only one to sweep the next three and advance was the 2001 Yankees against Oakland, according to STATS LLC.
|2nd||D Valencia hit sacrifice fly to right, D Young scored.||0||1|
|4th||A Rodriguez hit sacrifice fly to right, C Granderson scored.||1||1|
|5th||L Berkman homered to center (423 feet).||2||1|
|6th||O Hudson homered to left (380 feet).||2||2|
|7th||L Berkman doubled to deep center, J Posada scored.||3||2|
|7th||D Jeter singled to right center, L Berkman scored, B Gardner to second.||4||2|
|9th||C Granderson singled to center, B Gardner scored.||5||2|
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|Stadium||Target Field, Minneapolis, MN|
|Attendance||42,035 (106.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||73 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Brian Onora, Third Base - Gary Darling|
Thursday's Yankees-Twins tilt lasted 2 hours and 59 minutes. The last postseason game involving an American League team (World Series, ALCS, ALDS) to finish in less than 3 hours was Game 4 of the ALDS on October 6, 2008. Jed Lowrie hit a walk-off single to send the Red Sox into the ALCS in a scant 2 hours, 50 minutes.
This was Andy Pettitte's 25th quality start (at least 6 IP, 3 ER or fewer) in the postseason. He passes Tom Glavine for the most postseason quality starts all-time.[+]
The Twins are the second team in MLB history to lose four straight postseason games in which the opposition scored the winning run in the 7th inning or later of each game. The other: The Red Sox, in a streak that started in the last two games of the 1986 World Series and extended into the 1988 ALCS.
Andy Pettitte is now undefeated in his last 9 postseason starts (5-0). That is tied for the 3rd-longest such streak in postseason history with 5 others (including himself, from 1998-00). Only Roger Clemens, with a 12-start undefeated streak from 2001-04, and Orel Hershiser, with a 10-start streak from 1985-95 have longer streaks.
In their last five ALDS games against the Twins, the Yankees have outscored Minnesota 13-2 after the sixth inning.
From Elias: Lance Berkman has two extra-base hits, including a HR, in his first postseason game with the Yankees. He is the 3rd Yankee with at least 2 extra-base hits in a postseason debut with the team. The others are Wade Boggs in Game 1 of the 1995 ALDS and Tino Martinez in Game 1 of the 1996 ALDS. Boggs was the only one who also had a home run.
A-Rod now has 3 strikeouts with the bases loaded in the postseason as a Yankee. Only Jorge Posada (7), Scott Brosius (4) and Tino Martinez (4) have more in team history. ----------------------------------------------------- With that strikeout, Alex Rodriguez is now 0-for-5 with a walk with the bases loaded in postseason play as a Yankee.
Lance Berkman: Had 3 games during the regular season in which he had a pair of extra-base hits, by far the fewest in any full season in his career (previous low was 6, 2009). He's the first Yankee with a pair of extra-base hits from the No. 8 spot in the batting order in a postseason game since Chad Curtis (1999, WS Game 3)-- the game in which he hit a walk-off home run. Five Yankees have done that in all from the No. 8 spot (the other 3 are Babe Dahlgren, Bobby Richardson, and Tony Fernandez).
Orlando Hudson: 2nd career postseason HR (other came in 2009 NLCS) He's the first Twins second baseman to homer in a postseason game since Steve Lombardozzi in 1987 World Series. The only other second baseman in franchise history with a postseason home run besides those two: Bucky Harris, 1924 World Series. The home run came on a curveball. According to Inside Edge, he didn't homer against a curveball all season.
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