Last night the New York Yankees started a 3 game series with the Central division Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis. Going into the series, the Yankees were 31-29 and hoping for a win to turn things around against the last place in the Central Twins. Jordan Montgomery faced the ex-Yankee Michael Pineda in the contest. The game-time temperature was 95 with cloudy skies. The Twins had a huge crowd at Target Field.
In the first inning Pineda face the Yankee’s DJ LeMahieu, he doubled to center off the wall. Aaron Judge lined out to third. Gleyber Torres ground out to third. Giancarlo Stanton tapped out to the infield, fielded by the catcher to end the half. At the bottom, the Twins face Montgomery. Kyle Garlick led off, and he struck out. Josh Donaldson lined to third, Urshela knocked it down but couldn’t make the play. Polanco skied to Gardner. Miguel Sano singled to right, moving Donaldson to third. Ryan Jeffers lined down the left-field line for a two-run lead in the game. Trevor Larnach struck out, but the Twins took the lead Minnesota Twins 2 the New York Yankees 0.
At the top of the second, Sanchez lined out. Odor flew out to short. Miguel Andujar lined out for a quick inning for the Yankees. Ex-Yankees Rob Refsnyder singled. Willians Astrudillo flew out. Andrelton Simmons lined out to Judge in right. Garlick was lined out, and Donaldson was called out on strikes for a quick inning. Twins 2 and Yankees 0.
The top of the third showed Undujar getting sharply out at third. Gardner also lined drive to third. LeMahieu struck out for Pineda’s ninth put down of the Yankees in a row. At the bottom, Jorge Polanco ground out to LeMahieu. Sano lined out to Judge. Jeffers singled to right in front of Judge. Larnach ground out to second to end the inning at the Twin 2 and New York Yankees 0.
At the top of the fourth, Judge stuck out swinging. Gleyber Torres popped out to short. Stanton singled to left. Urshela reached on an E1 that Pineda could not handle. Sanchez hit a sharp on directly to the shortstop, end the half and leave two Yankees on base. The bottom saw ex-Yankees Rob Refsynder at the plate; he ground out to third. Astudillo popped out to short, and Simmons ground out to short to end the inning. Twins 2 Yankees 0.
Roughie Odor led off the fifth, and he ground into the shift for out number one. Andujar drew a walk. Gardner hit a blooper to center, moving Andujar to second. Lemahieu singled to left to load the bases for Aaron Judge. Judge drew a walk to drive in the first Yankees run. Torres is facing the new Twin pitcher Jorge Alcala and the bases are still loaded. A wild pitch scored Gardner for a game-tying ground out. Torres lined out to short. Stanton also ground out to short, but the Yankees picked up two runs Tyings the game. The Yankees picked up another run in the sixth, and the Twin answered with one for themselves, tying it up again at 3 apiece.
Montgomery pitched into the sixth inning for the Yankees. Then, at the top of the eighth inning, the Yankees came up big with two more runs. First, Frazier pinch-hitting singled getting the Yankees started. Then, Andujar singled, a sac fly put two on for the Yankees, an infield ball put the Yankees up 5 to 3.
At the top of the ninth inning, the Yankees scored 3 more runs. It was a big inning for the Yankees. Gary Sanchez (449′) and Miguel Andujar both homered in the inning. Sanchez’s homer was a two-run smash. At the end of the inning, it was the New York Yankees 8 and the Minnesota Twins 3.
At the bottom of the ninth, the Twins picked up a run on a Yankee throwing error, but they ground out to end the inning and break the Yankee’s four-game losing streak. This was the largest win for the Yankees since mid-May and the first time they hit multi-homers in the same inning. The final score was the New York Yankees 8 and the Twins 4. The Yankee bullpen pitched 3.1 innings of one-run ball. The winning pitcher was Jonathan Loaisiga, and the loser was Tyler Rogers.
Tomorrow at 8:10 pm, the New York Yankees will send out their ace Gerrit Cole to face the Twins ex-Yankees J.A. Happ, looking for their second win and a series win over the Twins.