NYY 4, MIN 3: Rodney Spoils Great Gibby Start, Twins Swept
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Good Gibby emerged again this afternoon. In fact, this may have been the best we’ve ever seen him. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and ended the day with a career-high 10 strikeouts over six shutout innings.
Gibson was really feeling the slider today. He entered this game having deployed that pitch just 9.8 percent of the time, per Brooks Baseball, but unleashed it for 26 of his 95 pitches this afternoon, per Baseball Savant. He got 11 swinging strikes on the slider and not a single ball was put into play on that pitch. In all, Gibby got an impressive 19 whiffs.
The Twins put Jordan Montgomery to work in the third inning. He retired the first two batters, but the Twins ended up tallying two runs on an Eduardo Escobar homer and forced the lefty to throw 37 pitches that frame. That pushed Montgomery up to 76 pitches on the afternoon, ensuring an early exit for him.
That Escobar homer was significant for a couple reasons. Montgomery has done an impressive job at limiting the long ball at Yankee Stadium, giving up just eight homers in 96 2/3 innings there over his career. Also, that blast put a nice bow on what was a tremendous series for Escobar.
Robbie Grossman had been slumping but broke through with an excellent game, going 3-for-4 with his first home run of the year.
Addison Reed, pitching in his 11th game of the season, gave up a run on a sac fly in the seventh. Zach Duke pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out Aaron Judge with a runner on second to end the inning.
The bottom of the ninth opened with Didi Gregorius reaching on a throwing error by Miguel Sano, who had just moved over from first base. Logan Morrison, who had just come off the bench failed to make the scoop. That was followed by an infield single from Giancarlo Stanton.
Gary Sanchez then decided to stop toying with the hearts of Twins fans and just make the end quick and, well, still pretty painful. Rodney now has a 6.75 ERA.
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Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
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