This was the one, the Minnesota Twins were thinking. This
"It's really disappointing," said a glum
Among those disappointing things? There was the certain RBI single by third baseman
There was the double that
All of those disappointments served to underscore one fact after four hours and 22 minutes of play at Yankee Stadium: that in order to beat these Yankees -- these more talented, these better-paid Yankees -- the Twins have to play perfect baseball, or close to it. And tonight, they once again couldn't do it.
The Yankees are so talented that their players hit home runs -- clutch, game-changing home runs -- when doing so isn't even on their minds. "The fun part is, I was just thinking 'base hit,'" explained A-Rod of his ninth-inning bomb to right center. "Hit the ball hard somewhere. And it went to the seats."
Teixeira described his thoughts similarly. "I just wanted to hit it hard and try to start a good inning," he said of his game-winner, the 11th walk-off homer in Yankees' postseason history, and their first since
The Yankees are so deep that the eighth pitcher they used tonight, and the man who got them out of that bases loaded, no-out jam --
The Yankees, in other words, are built to sustain disappointing in-game developments -- such as the double play into which
After the game, crew chief
What seems certain is that these Twins cannot leave 17 runners on base against the Yankees, as they did in Game 2, and win. They can't fail to score with no outs and the bases loaded in extra innings against the Yankees, as they did, and win. They can't receive a shaky performance against the Yankees from Nathan, normally their most reliable pitcher, and win. On Sunday in Minnesota, the Twins will have another chance to put together a nearly perfect game against the Yankees, which is what we can now be sure it will take for them to take even one game in this series. If they can't, with such a slim margin for error, that chance will prove to be their last.