MIN: Mitch Garver C, Ehire Adrianza SS, Luis Arraez 2B, Nelson Cruz DH, Eddie Rosario LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Max Kepler RF, Willians Astudillo 1B, Byron Buxton CF, Lewis Thorpe P
NYY: Mike Tauchman CF, Tyler Wade 2B, Gleybar Torres SS, Giancarlo Stanton LF, Aaron Judge RF, Luke Voit DH, Gary Sanchez C, Mike Ford 1B, Miguel Andujar 3B, Rony Garcia P
This could have gone better.
Lewis Thorpe has been on a cold streak, and it continued today, especially in the fourth inning. Cody Stashak also had a tough outing, and worst of all, Luis Arraez suffered an injury running the bases in the fourth.
Mike Tauchman spent a bunch of time in the Rockies organization, and was one of my favorites when he played for my local Albuquerque Isotopes. I don’t like what he did tonight though. He turned on Thorpe’s third pitch of the day and put the Yankees up by a run. It was one of those cheater Yankee shots, going only 355 feet to right field. Giancarlo Stanton added another homer in the third, also for one run. That one at least went to left field, and went a normal home run distance.
The Twins cut the Yankees lead in half in the fourth. Arraez hit a single, went to second on a single by Eddie Rosario, and scored from second on Josh Donaldson’s single. Unfortunately Arraez hurt himself in the process and Marwin Gonzalez took over at second base.
...and it all came apart on Lewis Thorpe...
Luke Voit started the inning with the Yankees third solo home run of the game. Gary Sanchez grounded out, Mike Ford took a walk, Miguel Andujar struck out, Mike Tauchman hit a single, and Tyler Wade was hit by a pitch, which lead to bases loaded and two out. In a parallel universe, Thorpe escaped the jam. He did not in ours. Gleybar Torres stepped to the plate and annihilated the first pitch he saw, hitting a no-doubter Grand Slam. I wonder how many series have seen each team hit a slam in consecutive games? Anyway, that was the cue for Thorpe to exit, and Matt Wisler to come on board, with a 7-1 deficit.
Ehire Adrianza added a consolation prize in the top of the fifth, in the form of a solo home run. Marwin Gonzalez hit a double and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth. But Cody Stashak had to pitch the bottom of the inning.
Gary Sanchez singled, and scored on a double by Miguel Andujar. Andujar came in on Tauchman’s second homer of the evening. Tyler Wade, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Judge all hit doubles, to give Stashak a total of five charged runs. Judge came home on a single by Luke Voit, which was added to Tyler Clippard’s stat line, and brought the Yankees to their final score.
Thank goodness for our sweet Tortuga though. The silver lining in this game. Astudillo came up to bat first in the ninth, and after three earlier fly outs, got ahold of one, and hit a homer in his first MLB game of the season. Byron Buxton hit a double in the next at bat, scampered to third on a passed ball, and scored when Adrianza grounded out, to wrap up the scoring.
- You might notice this is an odd looking Yankees roster. They’ve been hit hard by injuries again, which includes starting pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Luis Severino, and Masahiro Tanaka all out with torn UCL’s and/or Tommy John surgery. Old friends Aaron Hicks (Tommy John) and Zack Granite (Plantar Fascitis) are also on the IL.
- Good News!!! Arraez just has a sore hamstring, and will avoid missing any time.
- Cleveland and Chicago both lost today, helping keep some breathing room in the standings
Eddie Rosario: 2-4, only Twin with multiple hits
Josh Donaldson: 1-2. RBI, 2 BB
The Willians Astudillo HR
Nelson Cruz: 0-5, K, 3 LOB
Lewis Thorpe: 3.2 IP, 4 HR, 7 ER
Cody Stashak: 1.0 IP, HR, 5 ER
The 6 LOB by Willians Astudillo
Tomorrow: Getaway day against the Yankees. First pitch at 11:35 pm (look for a recap around 3 pm)