Don’t be fooled by the final score. The Yankees dominated the Twins on Wednesday night, plain and simple.
And to make matters even less interesting, the much-anticipated showdown between Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson fizzled, with the Twins slugger going hitless and Cole turning in a solid performance.
Ultimately, what was a 9-2 game turned into a more palatable 9-6 after a too-little-too-late rally from the home team in the ninth inning. Instead, the story of this one was the Twins’ horrendous pitching combined with another helping of tepid offense.
The Yankees opened the scoring with one out in the first inning on an Aaron Judge home run. They scored again in the second on a two-out single from Kyle Higashioka and an RBI double from Brett Gardner.
In the third, Giancarlo Stanton stroked a three-run homer to center field, putting New York up by a 5-0 margin.
Jorge Polanco opened the scoring for the Twins in the bottom of the third on a solo shot of his own, but the Yankees plated three more in the fifth on another homer from Stanton, this time a two-run job, and a solo shot from Miguel Andujar that made the score 8-1.
Miguel Sano opened the bottom of the inning by sneaking a homer into the overhang in right field. But the Yankees canceled that out with a run scored on a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Down 9-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Twins rallied for four runs on an Alex Kirilloff triple, singles from Sano and Gilberto Celestino (his first major-league hit!), a wild pitch, and a two-run homer from Polanco that made the final score look less like a blowout.
- Randy Dobnak had another poor outing, to put it lightly. His ERA on the season now sits at 7.36. Giving up 11 hits, four home runs, and three walks while somehow not notching any strikeouts is ... not easy to do. It’s also not a winning formula.
- Griffin Jax was decent in relief, giving up just one earned run over 3 1⁄3 innings in his second-ever MLB appearance.
- The Twins offense continues to feel like it’s finally starting to come around, even with a cobbled-together lineup of plenty of rookies. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.
- As mentioned, were zero fireworks from the Cole-Donaldson matchup. The Twins' third baseman is now 0-for-9 with five strikeouts in his career against the Yankees ace.
- Jorge Polanco: 2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Miguel Sano: 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R
- Griffin Jax: 3 1⁄3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K
- Randy Dobnak: 4 2⁄3 IP, 8 ER, 11 H, 3 BB, 0 K, 4 HR allowed
- Josh Donaldson: 0-for-5, 2 K
- Ryan Jeffers: 0-for-4, 2 K