Let me tell you, the Yankees and Twins know how to put on an entertaining series. This game featured an endless back-and-forth exchange between division-leading powerhouses. Let these two teams play forever.
We’ll have a full recap up shortly. In the meantime, here are some highlights:
Winner of the Game
Call. Him. Sir.
Didi Gregorius tried his best to singlehandedly deliver a win for the Yankees on Tuesday night. He put the Bombers ahead early with a double to plate two runs, but the Twins powered by them shortly thereafter. Sir Didi then put a dent into Minnesota’s lead with a three-run homer in the top of the fifth.
That’s not all, though. Down by one in the top of the eighth, Gregorius came to the plate with two outs and two runners on. He drove a pitch to the wall in center-right and nearly hit it out. Instead, it went for a two-run double to give the Bombers a 10-8 lead. That score wouldn’t hold—more on that later—but how can you not love Didi?
In the top of the ninth inning, with the Bombers once again trailing, Mike Tauchman and Aaron Hicks combined to do this:
Absolutely unreal. This game aged me several years.
Honorable Mention: Gleyber Torres, Hicks’ diving catch to end the game
Loser of the Game
For the second consecutive game, the Twins’ lineup rocked the Yankees’ starter. This time it was Domingo German who took the shelling. The right-hander allowed eight runs over 3.2 innings pitched, giving up three home runs in the process. He also hit two batters along the way. This outing marked German’s first clunker since returning from the injured list. With the trade deadline just over a week away, I’m sure the start will lead to many comments on the state of New York’s pitching staff.
Zack Britton also did this:
And it nearly cost the Yankees the game. Britton has been so, so bad this season.
You know, what, the same can be said of Aroldis Chapman who had a nuclear meltdown of a ninth inning to send this game into extras. I would say more, but it’s nearly 1 AM and I’m on the sixth draft of this post.
Honorable Mention: Gary Sanchez possibly getting hurt
That chart, hahahahahahaha.