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Twins 13, Yankees 6: That fifth inning happened (simulated)

and it was a big one

St. Louis Cardinals v Minnesota Twins Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Today’s lineups:

MIN: Max Kepler RF, Ehire Adrianza SS, Luis Arraez 2B, Miguel Sano 1B, Eddie Rosario LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jake Cave CF, Nelson Cruz DH, Mitch Garver C, Lewis Thorpe P

NYY: Mike Tauchman CF, DJ LeMahieu 2B, Gleybar Torres SS, Giancarlo Stanton LF, Aaron Judge RF, Luke Voit DH, Miguel Andujar 3B, Mike Ford 1B, Kyle Higashioka C, Deivi Garcia P

The Yankees rotation is still beat up, hence Deivi Garcia starting for them today. He wasn’t a good match for our bomba boys. Lewis Thorpe, in the Twins rotation for much the same reasons, at least went long enough to get the win, and drew some great run support tonight—especially in a seven-run fifth inning that made the difference.

We don’t have to wait until the fifth for action though. We don’t have to wait long at all, as the teams traded first-inning home runs. For the Yanks, it was Gleybar Torres yanking a solo shot against Thorpe. For the Twins, the scoring started with Ehire Adrianza hitting a double, and Luis Arraez hitting an RBI single. Miguel Sano’s two-run home run gave Thorpe a two-run lead to work with in the second.

Thorpe gave them both back. Both came via the solo homer again. Luke Voit hit one to open the innings, and Mike Ford hit another a couple batters later.

The score would stay like that for a bit. In the bottom of the third, a two-out rally would add to it though. Miguel Sano got on first with two out via a fielder’s choice. Eddie Rosario hit a single, and then Josh Donaldson brought both home with a double—but was thrown out trying to stretch it to third.

The Yankees kept the solo dingers going in the fourth, this time via Kyle Higashioka to close the score back to one run.

Adam Ottavino pitched a scoreless fourth in relief, and opened the fifth by surrendering a single to Luis Arreaz and a walk to Miguel Sano. Luis Avilan took over the mound, and Eddie Rosario hit a double to score the first run of the inning. Jake Cave’s single scored a run and put runners on the corners. Nelson Cruz hit another RBI single to move each man up a station. Mitch Garver loaded the bases by walking, and Max Kepler cleared them with a 3-run double. Another new pitcher, Tyler Lyons, gave up a single to Adrianza, and then Luis Arraez, as the Twins batted around, drove in the final run of the inning with a fielder’s choice.

Thorpe gave up yet another home run, another one-run score, to Mike Ford in the sixth, and Matt Wisler entered the game. It didn’t seem to matter who was on the mound though, as Aaron Judge hit a solo homer in the seventh of Wisler to sum up the New York scoring. The Twins also scored their final run in the seventh. Adrianza and Arraez both drew walks, and a single by Miguel Sano brought home the lead runner.


  • Jake Cave and Ehire Adrianza both stole bases.
  • Caleb Thielbar pitched 1.2 scoreless innings to close out the game


Luis Arraez: 2-4, 2 RBI, BB
Miguel Sano: 2-3, 3 RBI, HR, 2 BB


No duds, Twins win!

Tomorrow: Yankees at Target Field again. First pitch 1:10pm

CLE 42-35 —
MIN 42-35 —
CHW 41-35 1/2
DET 36-39 5
KCR 26-51 16