Rob Manfred and Jeff Nelson are a formidable pair for any team to take on.
The Twins lost today despite hitting three home runs and being up 5-0, as they do when playing the Yankees. The game has no significance for the Twins, but it would have been nice to make New York’s path to the playoffs a little harder.
It took the Yankees 10 innings to finish a game they won in the 8th inning, when their savior Jeff Nelson allowed Brett Gardner to walk on an obvious strike with two outs. The Twins took out an angry Tyler Duffey, replaced him with Alex Colome, and Aaron Judge tied the game with a three-run home run. The Twins threatened in the 9th and 10th, but of course they were never going to win in Manfredball at Yankee Stadium. That would’ve been the seventh sign of the apocalypse.
The game ended when Gary Sanchez slapping a looping liner to the left field corner with one out, allowing Manfred to score from second base.
The one positive may be that at least we didn’t get shut down by massive trade mistake Luis Gil. Gil got slapped around today, giving up all 5 runs in his 6.0 innings. Jorge Polanco also hit his 30th home run this season, making him the second middle infielder in Twins history to achieve the feat, and also giving him the Twins record for home runs in a season by a switch-hitter.
Miguel Sano: 3-5, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 HR
Byron Buxton: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 BB
7-8-9 Hitters: 0-12, 8 K’s
Jeff Nelson, who is riding on the Twins team flight despite being employed by the Yankees