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Yankees 4, Twins 3: What Did You Expect?

The Fernando Rodney Experience reaches an agonizing new peak.

Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Charlie Brown always thinks this is the time Lucy will let him kick the ball. He’s skeptical, often resolutely so, but in the end, he BELIEVES. He’s going to drill that ball.

Charlie never kicks the ball.

On a day when Kyle Gibson pitched maybe the best game of his life, Fernando Rodney and the Twins infield took eight pitches to turn a 3-1 Twins victory into a 4-3 Yankees triumph.

In the top of the ninth, Didi Gregorius reached on an error by Miguel Sano, who had just been moved to third. An infield single by Giancarlo Stanton followed. Gary Sanchez did the thing literally everyone saw coming next, belting a 3-run homer. Eight pitches.

This entirely predictable outcome ruined what looked to the untrained eye like a slumpbusting Twins victory. Kyle Gibson, he of the 4 2/3 inning starts and so much “this is his year/it’s never his year” agitation among the fanbase, dominated the Bombers.

Gibson struck out 10 Yankees over six innings and never let the mistakes that have bedeviled many a previous start become full blown disasters. Two walks in the 4th were separated by a nice pickoff of Brett Gardner at first. New York’s first hit in the 6th was followed by a walk and then…a Gregorius fly out to end the inning.

It was delightfully unexpected, and if it wasn’t the best start of his career, it was damn close.

The Twins opened the scoring off curveballer Jordan Montgomery with a sweet 2-out rally in the 3rd inning. Miguel Sano coaxed a walk, and Eduardo Escobar belted a 2-run dong on the ninth pitch of his at-bat.

“Whispers to Date, That’s” Robbie Grossman added a solo dong in the 6th off reliever Domingo German.

The Yankees got on the board thanks to a Giancarlo Stanton double and Aaron Hicks sac fly off Addison Reed in the 7th . Zach Duke pitched a scoreless 8th.

Then Lucy picked up the ball.

During the game, the Twins announced that they claimed pitcher David Hale off waivers from the Yankees, sending Aaron Slegers back to Triple-A.

STUDS: Gibby, Ed, Robbie.

DUDS: Rodney, Sano, Logan Morrison