NYY 11, MIN 3: Twins Crumble At Yankee Stadium (Again)
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Bartolo Colon struggled today and has been a mess of late. Over his last three starts, he's has given up 16 earned runs in 11 innings pitched. Today, Colon gave up six runs on seven hits, two of them home runs, over 3.1 innings pitched.
What made matters worse was the bullpen couldn’t stop the bleeding. Tyler Duffey gave up three runs over 0.2 innings and Nik Turley gave up a pair while recording just a single out.
That implosion was especially depressing because the Twins had jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Kennys Vargas got things going in the third inning with a one-out infield single. He then advanced from first to third on a Jason Castro single. I guess that silent “s” stands for speedy.
Brian Dozier drew a walk to load the bases before Joe Mauer put together what may have been the team’s finest at-bat of the entire season. Facing Luis Severino, who has been among the best pitchers in the American League this season, Mauer fell behind 0-1 and then 1-2. He fouled off seven of the next nine pitches, taking the other two for balls. On the 13th and final pitch of the at-bat, Mauer pulled a 99 mph fastball through the infield for an RBI single.
Jorge Polanco followed with a two-run single and the Twins were up 3-0. But just when it was feeling like they might get the monkey off their back, Colon gave up two homers in the bottom of the inning to tie it up.
It was a bad day that ended a bad series for the Twins, but luckily they’re still in control of their own destiny. Even if the Angels win tonight (UPDATE: they didn't), they’ll still be a half game back. Plus, seven of the Twins last 10 games come against the Tigers, who have been the worst team in baseball over the past month. Coming into today, Detroit was 9-21 over their last 30 games.
AL Wild Card Standings
WC1: Yankees 85-67 (+7.0)
WC2: Twins 78-74
Angels 76-75 (-1.5)
Rangers 75-76 (-2.5)
Postgame With Molitor
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Thu: Twins (Adalberto Mejia) at Tigers (Jordan Zimmermann), 6:10 pm ET
Fri: Twins (Kyle Gibson) at Tigers (Matt Boyd), 6:10 pm ET
Sat: Twins (Ervin Santana) at Tigers (Buck Farmer), 5:10 pm CT
NYY 5, MIN 2: Tough Night For Berrios, Twins
NYY 2, MIN 1: Garcia, Yankees Bullpen Dominate Twins
MIN 13, TOR 7: Mauer Grand Slam Among 4 Twins Homers In Comeback Victory
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