The New York Yankees mounted an incredible comeback against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. After Gerrit Cole had arguably one of the worst performances of his entire career, the Yankees’ offense picked him up with double-digit run production. The Bombers walked away with a 10–7 victory. Both teams combined for nine home runs on the night.
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Good news and bad news as Yankees steal series finale over Minnesota:
Gerrit Cole was knocked out of the game in just 2.1 innings, giving up eight hits and seven earned runs. In one of the most polarizing performances of the season, Cole gave up five homers by the third inning, elevating his ERA to 3.63.
The team’s ace has been known to give up homers in the past, but five in that span is ludicrous. Luckily, he had a potent often behind him to pick up the slack. The Yankees recorded 14 hits and five walks, driving in 10 runs over 39 at-bats. The top of the order was phenomenal, as the 1-6 batters generated 11 hits and six RBIs, striking out just twice.
While the production was spread out nicely, Joey Gallo and Aaron Hicks had their best games of the season, combining for four hits and six RBIs. Gallo launched two homers, including a two-run shot in the 2nd inning and a solo blast in the 5th. Hicks launched a two-run homer in the 6th inning after Gleyber Torres reached first base via a fielding error on a pop-up to shortstop.
While Cole was a liability over the first 2.1 innings, the Yankees held Minnesota to just one hit after he was pulled. They struck out a combined five batters and walked two, allowing their offense to mount a legendary comeback.
The Yankees’ starting pitching rotation has struggled against Minnesota over the past three games. They’ve managed to secure two wins as they prepare to host the Chicago Cubs on Friday. They will play three games against Chicago and then welcome Tampa Bay to the Bronx next week.