The Twins set a good record (most single-game playoff homers in team history) and bad one (most consecutive postseason losses in MLB history.) A crucial error plus reliever location issues amount for the scoring difference.
1: Three true outcomes for Twins hitters; 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, and a Jorge Polanco dinger. Jose Berrios squeaks out of a second & third, two out jam via a patented Miguel Sano barehanded grab/throw. The runner is originally called safe, replay overturns it. Welcome to Yankee Stadium umping! Twins 1-0
2: The Twins get James Paxton’s pitch count up to 37; not necessarily a problem for New York with their bullpen. Berrios gets up to 48, more of a problem for Minnesota. Luis Arraez is moving with a bit of a limp.
3: Nelson Cruz steers one into the right-field seats. DJ LeMahieu leads off the bottom with a blooper Arraez can’t get to, advancing on an Aaron Judge single and Brett Gardner fly out. Edwin Encarnacion scores him and moves Judge to third on a double with nobody covering second. After a walk, a could-be DP is missed by C.J. Cron. Berrios up to 76 pitches, and Yankees lead 3-2. I don’t like how this is going...
4: Easy inning for both pitchers; Paxton now at 60, Berrios 88.
5: Arraez runs well enough to double with one out, and Polanco drives him in with a fabulous nine-pitch AB. Then steals! His fifth of the season. Cruz walks, then Tommy Kahnle gets Eddie Rosario on one pitch.
Zack Littell comes in and immediately becomes Yankee Stadium spooked, walking Judge and getting him to second on a wild pitch before hitting Gardner. Time for Tyler Duffey. He Ks Encarnacion, walks Giancarlo Stanton, and Gleyber Torres doubles in two. The Duff Man Ks Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius but the damage is done. NYY 5-3
6: SANOBOMB gets one back. Max Kepler follows that with a walk but Chad Green doesn’t let him score. More rookie reliever fun from Cody Stashak, who gets whomped by LeMahieu and Gardner. NYY 7-4
7: The Yankees went 87-7 in 2019 when leading after six innings. This is why. It’s a good bullpen. Kyle Gibson continues the evening’s walk trend with three more. They all score. NYY 10-4.
8: Brusdar Graterol throws baseballs very hard.
9: No Twins hit balls very hard. Ballgame
Robot Roll Call (716 comments!):
|15||less cowbell, more 'neau||13|
|34||Chris P Bacon||3|
|35||Lars in SLP||3|
Comment of the game goes to Uncle Lincoln for keeping up the humor on a disappointing night: “‘If the Twims manage to win the WS this year, will we see an uptick in girls named “Twimberly” born 9 months later, at least to TT commenters?’”
Randy Dobnak will be starting tomorrow. Game time 4:07 Central.