The New York Yankees won their series against the Twins as the offense got it going. The Yankees added to their dominating record against the Twins of 105-37 over the last 20 seasons and have now won 10 of their last 12 series against the Twins since 2014.
Tuesday, June 8th – Game 1, Yankees Win 8-4
Jordan Montgomery had his 12th start of the season as he continues to show how valuable he can be in the rotation. During the first inning, he gave up a couple of base hits that resulted in two RBI doubles from Miguel Sano and Ryan Jeffers. In the 6th inning, Montgomery was one strike away from finishing his night off with only two earned runs when he gave up a single to Trevor Larnach. Rob Refsnyder then doubled to center field, just barely staying in the park, tying the game at three. Montgomery would finish his night with 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO. Jonathan Loaisiga came in and finished the 6th and 7th inning scoreless. Chad Green pitched a scoreless 8th inning with one strikeout against Miguel Sano. Wandy Peralta finished the game off with only one earned run from a pair of base hits.
The offense got things going as they scored eight runs, their most since May 22nd against the Orioles. The Yankees got on the board from a bases-loaded walk by Aaron Judge and a wild pitch in the 1st. In the top of the 6th, Brett Gardner hit a sac fly to score Gary Sanchez; Yankees lead 3-2. In the top of the 8th with a game tied at 4, DJ LeMahieu hit a ground ball that scored a hustling Tyler Wade from 3rd. Aaron Judge would then hit a ground ball to second base, scoring Miguel Andujar from 3rd. In the 9th, the Yankees woke up and gained a bigger lead from a two-run home run by Gary Sanchez and a long solo home run from Andujar. The Yankees won this game 8-4.
Wednesday, June 9th – Game 2, Yankees Win 9-6
After many accusations towards Gerrit Cole and his last start, he was able to shut down these accusers–one of them being Josh Donaldson. Cole only gave up two earned runs from two solo home runs by Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano. He was able to strike out nine batters, two of them being against Josh Donaldson. Cole has pitched great after coming off a loss against the Rays. He ended his night with 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, and 9 SO. The Yankees offense carried this game as they only needed two bullpen pitchers after Cole. Luis Cessa pitched two scoreless innings with only two hits and a strikeout. Brooks Kriske was unable to pitch a decent inning to close out the game. He gave up four hits and a home run to Jorge Polanco. He ended up closing the game by giving up four runs.
The Yankees’ offense woke up once again against the Twins as they put up nine runs. Aaron Judge started the game with a bang, hitting his 15th home run of the season. Brett Gardner then hit an RBI double in the 2nd. In the 3rd, Giancarlo Stanton destroyed a ball to centerfield, a three-run home run to give the Yankees a 5-0 lead. Stanton then hit his 2nd home run of the game during the top of the 5th, a two-run home run that opened the game for the Yankees, 7-1. Miguel Andujar then hit his 2nd home run of the series and hit a sac fly in the 7th to score Gio Urshela. It’s safe to say that Andujar is warming up! The Yankees won this game 9-6.
Thursday, June 10th – Game 3, Yankees Lose 7-5
Michael King had a better start compared to his last few outings in this game. He pitched 3.2 innings and only gave up two runs from a sac fly by Nelson Cruz during the 1st and an RBI double by Andrelton Simmons in the 4th. He finished his night with 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, and 3 SO. Lucas Luetge came in relief of King as he threw a scoreless 5th. Jonathon Loaisiga then came in and threw a scoreless 6th inning. In the 7th, Wandy Peralta only got by two batters before he gave up an RBI double to Nelson Cruz. Chad Green would end up finishing the inning with a strikeout and pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Aroldis Chapman attempted to close the 9th until he blew the save as he gave up two, two-run home runs to Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz.
The offense got it going early as they had two runners on base from back-to-back singles by Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres. Giancarlo Stanton then hit a three-run home run against his old teammate, J.A. Happ. In the top of the 4th inning, Gio Urshela hit a rocket of a home run to left field, his 7th of the season. During the 6th inning, DJ LeMahieu singled to center field, scoring Miguel Andujar who got on base with a single. The Yankees lost this game 7-5.
The Yankees open up a new two-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. The offense finally woke up during this series against the Twins but it’s not promising just yet. Keep an eye on it during the next series and hopefully, they are back. You can watch these games on the YES Network or listen to WFAN Radio.