Both the Yankees and the Twins entered today trying to turn their seasons around. The Twins just got done splitting a 4-game series with the Royals, while the Yankees are 2-8 in their last 10 games. Michael Pineda got the start for the Twins, Jordan Montgomery for the Yankees. I just realized how long this recap is so TLDR: The game was looking pretty good early, but ended up not being worth a watch.
Pineda worked around a leadoff double in the 1st inning and seemed to settle in for awhile. He retired the next 11 batters, but trouble started in the 4th. Giancarlo Stanton singled on a grounder to left, then Pineda missed a comebacker for an error. Luckily, Gary Sanchez lined out to shortstop to end the inning.
In the 5th, a walk and two singles loaded the bases for Aaron Judge, who walked, driving in the first Yankee run of the game. That ended Pineda’s day, as Jorge Alcala was brought in with the bases still loaded and 1 out. A wild pitch scored Brett Gardner to tie the game at 2. A lineout by Gleybar Torres and a groundout by Stanton ended the threat. All things considered, not a terrible appearance from Alcala, only giving up 1 run.
As for the Twins offense, Ryan Jeffers hit a 2-run double in the bottom of the first to give them an early lead. Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery rebounded, however, as the Twins weren’t able to score in the 2nd-5th innings.
In the 6th, Alex Colome relieved Alcala with 1 out and 1 on and immediately allowed a double. Then Willians Astudillo dropped the ball at 3B for an error to load the bases. Brett Gardner hit a sacrifice fly to score Gary Sanchez and give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. On that play it looked like there may have been a play at the plate but Astudillo cut off the throw to Jeffers.
In the bottom of the 6th, Larnach singled with 2 outs and then Rob Refsnyder just missed a 2-run homer, hitting a double to tie the game at 3. He had to come out of the game as he was hurt sliding into 2nd. Refsnyder was just back from the 7-day concussion IL tonight, but was removed for left hamstring tightness. Alex Kirilloff was brought in to play RF, with Kyle Garlick moving from RF to CF.
In the 8th, Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar led off with back to back singles against Taylor Rogers. Gardner bunted them over to 2nd and 3rd, and then Dj LeMahieu grounded to Polanco who threw wildly towards home, missing, allowing Tyler Wade to score. Then Aaron Judge reached on an error by Andrelton Simmons scoring the 5th Yankee run. Finally, Stanton grounded into a double play to end the inning with the Yankees leading 5-3. All 5 runs scored without a run-scoring hit. The error by Simmons was the 4th Twins error of the game.
Griffin Jax made his major league debut in the 9th, giving up a bloop single on his first pitch, and then Gary Sanchez blasted a 2-run bomb to left. Andujar added another run on a blast to left field. 8-3, Yankees. Welcome to the show, Jax.
The Twins got a rally started in the 9th with back to back singles, and then a Yankee error allowing a run to score. Kyle Garlick grounded out to end the game, though, giving us an 8-4 final score.
Really the best news of the night came from Byron Buxton, who tripled tonight in his rehab start with the Saints.
Ryan Jeffers: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Trevor Larnach: 2-4, 2 R
Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 2B, RBI
Griffin Jax: He made his MLB debut, and getting hit around by the Yankees is just a right of passage for Twins pitchers.
Polanco, Simmons, Astudillo
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