The Twins walked the plank all night, said radio play-by-play man Cory Provus during Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees, underscoring the nine base on balls issued by Twins pitching.
And the Yanks took full advantage, racing out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, then tacked on five runs late for a 10-4 win in Game 1 of their three-game series.
It wasn’t pretty. No one pitched particularly well — reliever Juan Minaya was designated for assignment after the game — Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was ejected and the team’s best hitter, Luis Arraez, had to leave the game early due to right shoulder tightness. Twins reliever Trevor Megill put former Twin Josh Donaldson on his ass with a brush back pitch, but the Yankees came right back and beaned injury-prone Byron Buxton. You are playing with fire, New York.
The continuing challenge for the Twins is how short-handed they are. They still are without four of their best pitchers in Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan, Bailey Ober and Josh Winder, although shortstop Carlos Correa is finally set to return.
So instead of the Yankees having to face the best pitching the Twins have to offer, they got rookie Cole Sands on Tuesday, who allowed eight hits, including two home runs, in little more than three innings. He will be followed by Chris Archer and Dylan Bundy Wednesday and Thursday. I want to say that Archer and Bundy can do the job, but frankly it feels a little underwhelming.
-The Twins are now 32-25 on the season and still have a four-game lead over the Chicago White Sox in the division.
-The only bright spot was Jorge Polanco who went 4-for-5, scored a run and drove in two more.
-Minaya had an interesting pitching line. In one inning, he walked three batters (and walked in a run), but also struck out the side.
-The Twins haven’t won a season series against the Yankees since 2001. That year they went 4-2 against New York.
-Twins Territory was not pleased with Tuesday’s result.
Well. That’s over for now. What a shit show. Nothing gets to me like these stupid series, we literally beat ourselves. We had this. It was winnable. The insanity HAS to stop somewhere … I just don’t know where. #mntwins
— Sherry ⚾️ Baseball Babe (@mnsotasportsgal) June 8, 2022
#MNTwins are now 38-110 (.257) vs. the Yankees since 2002, including the playoffs, which is equivalent to a 42-120 record in a 162-game season.
That includes going 23-52 (.307) vs. the Yankees at home, equal to a 50-112 record in a 162-game season.
— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) June 8, 2022
The #mntwins can't help but shit themselves against the fuckin Yankees
— Dubz (@Dubz24_7) June 8, 2022
Death…Taxes…the #MNTwins losing to the Yankees.
— Negative Dave (@neg_dave) June 8, 2022
You're up 6 in the 9th and you intentionally throw at an injury proned superstar. What an absolute joke and classless move by the Yankees. #MNTwins
— Adam Johnson (@ALBJ4) June 8, 2022