MIN: Ehire Adrianza 2B, Max Kepler RF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Miguel Sano 1B, Jorge Polanco SS, Nelson Cruz DH, Mitch Garver C, Jake Cave LF, Byron Buxton CF, Randy Dobnak P
NYY: Mike Tauchman CF, DJ LeMahieu 2B, Gleybar Torres SS, Giancarlo Stanton LF, Aaron Judge RF, Mike Ford 1B, Gio Urshela 3B, Kyle Higashioka C, Brett Gardner DH, Jordan Montgomery P
Remember how a bunch of jack-wagon Yankee fans treated Randy Dobnak during the ALDS? The idiots that chanted “Uber” at a guy who went from single-A to starting in the playoffs in a single season. Yeah, those Yankee fans. Anyway, Dobnak and friends did a hell of a job of shutting them up today.
The Twins jumped all over Jordan Montgomery and staked Dobnak a nice lead before he ever stepped on the mound. Ehire Adrianza drew a lead off walk, then went first-to-third on a single by Max Kepler. Josh Donaldson drew a walk to load the bases. Miguel Sano showed the Yankees that other players can take advantage of their damn bandbox of a stadium. Sano crushed a ball that would have been out anywhere but the Polo Grounds, going 438 feet for a GRAND SLAM BOMBA!!!! TAKE THAT YOU FILTHY YANKEES!!!!
Dobnak topped off the “EFF YOU” moment by sitting the Yanks down in order in the first.
The Twins extended their lead by a run in the third with back-to-back doubles by Kepler and Donaldson, but gave the run back with three singles in the bottom of the inning.
Walks always do seem to haunt, so the Bronx Bummers scored again in the sixth when Dobnak walked the first batter, and Zack Littell gave up a double that brought in the inherited runner. Max Kepler did not like that, so he put a run right back on the good side of the column in the top of the seventh with a solo home run into that stupid right-field porch.
The Yankees wrapped up their scoring in the seventh. A double and a single let another man scamper home, but with no impact on the game overall.
The Twins extended the lead in the eighth anyway. Polanco singled and Cruz doubled to put two men in scoring position. Byron Buxton picked up an RBI on a sac fly. Ehire Adrianza’s single pulled in another runner. Jorge Polanco would score again in the ninth to bring us to the final score. This time he did it himself, hitting another solo shot into that obnoxiously short right field, although it went over 400 feet in the air, and wasn’t any kind of Yankee cheap shot either. The most satisfying part—he hit it off of old friend Addison Reed, who was highly ineffective in a Twins uniform.
- Because baseball score-keeping can be odd, Trevor May got credited with a 2.1 inning save.
- Jake Cave did nothing wrong, but Alex Avila is hitting like horsecrap, so its Willians Astudillo time. Avila has no options, so Cave is going down for a bit instead. He’ll be back though, Cave fans. The roster move, obviously, happened after the game.
Miguel Sano: 1-5, GRAND SLAM, 4 RBI
Max Kepler: 3-4, HR, double, RBI, 3 runs scored, walk
Jorge Polanco: 2-4. HR, RBI, 2 runs scored, walk
No Duds, Twins win!
Tomorrow: Game two at Yankee Stadium. First pitch at 6:05 pm (look for a recap around 9 pm)