In a game filled with action the Twins lost a gut-puncher to the Yankees in extra innings on Monday evening. It was a back and forth game, with leads being traded early and often. It took nearly two hours to play the first four innings but there was a delay due to a very scary scene in which New York starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell took a line drive of an Eduardo Nunez RBI single. Mitchell went down immediately and trainers rushed out to help him off the field and rather quickly to be honest. He was taken to a hospital and suffered a nasal fracture. Mitchell was released from the hospital before games end and the team will monitor him closely for the next few days.
Kyle Gibson struggles in the second half continued as he allowed six earned runs on four hits and three walks. The right-hander has allowed five earned runs or more in four of his six starts since the break. The Twins offense was alive tongiht however and well tonight and responded each time New York scored through five innings. Miguel Sano (obviously) hit a three run home run and Eddie Rosario had an RBI in the third inning putting Minnesota on top after being down 3-0. Brian McCann retook the lead in the bottom half with his fifth RBI in TWO at bats. But Aaron Hicks put one over the fence with his eighth of the year to tie things up again. Trevor Plouffe had a great night too, hitting a home run and driving in two more having a three-hit game. Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario also had multi hit nights too. Rosario's arm came to play again throwing out his eleventh runner this year.
With a 7-5 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, Brian Duensing relieved, Gibson, but, he also would give up a tying blast to Carlos Beltran. Duensing has actually been extremely effective over his last fourteen innings after a horrid start to the season. The game would settle down in the latter innings and both teams were tied after nine. Glen Perkins came out for the tenth innings and like Gibson, his second half bug-a-boos are lingering too. He gave up back-back doubles to begin the inning and after intentionally walking Beltran to load the bases, Eduardo Nunez's blunder gave the Yankees the win. Despite the Twins actually having a .500 record since 2012 in New York, this one had some nostalgic painful feelings.