Of course, a Twins victory over the Yankees could only be resolved by a resounding defeat the next day. And, yep, that is exactly what we got. Limited offense against another journeyman pitcher, this time Aaron Small, and this time around, a terrible pitching performance from potential tradebait Joe Mays. Mays gave up six runs and ten hits in 5 2/3 innings as Gary Sheffield and the Yankees clobbered the Twins in the rubber match of the series.
And, yea, we got three runs early off of Small, but that doesn't mean we didn't waste opportunities the way we did last night as well. But after collected those runs early, the Twins didn't do anything against Small, Tom Gordon, or the ungodly Mariano Rivera. Seven hits in total, two off of the bat of Jacque Jones, now the hottest Twins hitter. Morneau and Mauer went hitless in four at-bats each, Luis Rodriguez accounted for two of the three RBIs, and its just not going to get any better anytime soon. Now the Twins prepare for a series in Boston. Good luck. No really, this could get uglier. There were no great high notes of this game and reading the paper and seeing how Gardy and Newman found Ulger's terrible coaching at third that cost the Twins a run yesterday to be representative of a bigger problem: Do these guys even care about losing??