October 7, 2010 — The Yankees just took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning when Lance Berkman hit a solo home run.
While Twins starter Carl Pavano has pitched well enough — thus far — to keep the game close, it very easily could be out of reach.
Including Berkman’s 423-foot home run, Yankees batters have hit seven of Pavano’s pitches to the deep reaches of the ballpark — and they’ve all been line drives. Of those seven slices, three of them were caught on or near the warning track. And with two men on base in the fourth inning (as a result of a double by Granderson that came within a foot of clearing the wall and a single by Teixeira that reached the wall), Pavano got Nick Swisher to ground into an inning-ending double play.
If the Yankees continue to hit the ball as hard as they’ve been, they’re bound to eventually get some lucky breaks and add to their lead.
–Alfred Santasiere III