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Twins ALDS Game 2 Recap: Nothing Works, Twins Lose 12th Straight To Yankees

Absolutely nothing worked out for the Twins in Game 2 of the ALDS in the Bronx and Minnesota got crushed by the Yankees, 8-2. The offense was completely dominated, while starting pitcher Randy Dobnak couldn’t pitch past the third inning. The Twins get closer to a negative postseason milestone.
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Box Score
Dobnak: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 53.4% strikes (23 of 43 pitches)
Bullpen: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 6 K

Home Runs: None
Multi-Hit Games: Garver (2-for-4, RBI), Arráez (2-for-4, RBI)

Bottom 3 WPA: Duffey -.165, Dobnak -.141, Rosario -.077

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With yet another loss to the Yankees in the postseason, Minnesota has now been defeated in its last 15 postseason games. The last time the Twins won in the playoffs was exactly fifteen years ago, Game 1 of the 2004 ALDS against the Yankees. If they can’t win Game 3 at Target Field Monday, they will match the worst playoff win drought in professional sports, now held by the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks. Between 1975 and 1979, they lost sixteen consecutive playoff games.

Dobnak done after two innings
I can’t even begin to understand what was going through Dobnak’s mind when he took over the mound at Yankee Stadium this afternoon. I don’t think you can get a more nerve-wrecking situation than starting a postseason game less than a year after signing you first $2,000-dollar minor league contract.

Judging by his first inning, you can tell how nervous he might have been. Yankees hitters cornered him early. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge, the top two men in the Yankee lineup, both reached safely to begin the game. Edwin Encarnación would later hit a one-out RBI single to left. Immediately afterwards, Dobnak induced an inning-ending ground ball double play against Giancarlo Stanton, finishing a 22-pitch effort from him in the bottom of the first.

Dobnak actually had a rather smooth second inning, which he concluded with only 12 pitches, nine being strikes. Then his command started to elude him during the third inning and he loaded the bases before recording an out. Rocco Baldelli decided to pull the plug on him after only nine pitches in the inning.

Bullpen can’t put out the fire
Tyler Duffey took over in relief and he couldn’t get the job done. Two runs scored right away on a sac-fly by Stanton, followed by an RBI-single by Gleyber Torres. Duffey then hit Gary Sánchez after getting ahead on the count, 0-2, reloading the bases. After getting ahead 0-2 against Didi Gregorius, he gave up a grand slam. It was Gregorius' third career grand slam against Minnesota.

Duffey was lifted from the game after getting two outs and was replaced by Devin Smeltzer. The rookie was also ambushed, giving up a couple of hits while allowing his inherited runner to score. That made for a seven-run inning for New York.

Bats get completely dominated
After hitting three home runs on seven hits on Friday night, the Twins couldn’t find the power in Game 2. Yankee starter Masahiro Tanaka held the Minnesota lineup to one hit in the first four innings he pitched. It was only after staying out during the long bottom of the third that he started to give Twins batters a chance.

After Jorge Polanco flied out to start the fourth inning, Nelson Cruz drew a walk and was later scored after back-to-back singles, coming off the bats of Eddie Rosario and Mitch Garver. Tanaka and the Yankee bullpen went on to retire sixteen of the seventeen batters that stepped up to the box after Garver’s RBI.

They managed to manufacture another run late in the ninth, when the same Garver hit a two-out single and was scored by a Luís Arráez RBI double.

Postgame With Baldelli


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159 Comments

Embarrassing.
    • LaBombo, tarheeltwinsfan, bighat and 1 other like this
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one_eyed_jack
Oct 05 2019 09:10 PM

These 2 losses have been painful, much more so than years past. 

 

At least last decade, you expected it.The Yankees top-to-bottom simply had much better teams - especially in terms of starting pitching and offensive depth.Still, the Twins were competitive in most games, and were often in position to win until foiled by a bad bounce, a bad call or a bad pitch.

 

But there isn't that same talent disparity this time around.  

 

To watch this Twins lineup flail against utterly hittable Yankee pitching is maddening.14K's? Blech.

 

Let's see what happens on Monday, Severino is another hittable pitcher. 

 

But as good as this team has been, if Monday's game is a repeat of today's, the fans will be well within their rights to boo the hometown team off the field.

 

 

 

    • bighat likes this
Baldelli says Dobnak threw the ball pretty well.
That's just insulting. I've been a fan of Baldelli all year, but I don't think he has any idea what he's doing in the postseason.
He's lost me. I don't think I've ever done such an abrupt 180 about how I feel about a coach or manager as I have about Baldelli.

Is this BACK TO THE FUTURE?This story has been written - over and over and over again.Berrios is the only chance we have and he gets four innings.The best relievers might not see the series from the mount.I think we see how Duffey really ranks.

 

Didn't we have a TD article telling how our pen is better than there pen?  

 

This is tough to take.Bring on the Central division again - please.But not the Yankees.  

 

It is tough to come up with positives.Arraez got two hits.Okay that is the end of the positives.  

This really hurts and it will stay with us next year no matter how many bombas we hit.I just hope Odorizzi gives us a great game, that Berrios comes back and Rocco sits on his hands and lets him pitch and then we get to game five and magic happens. 

    • Hosken Bombo Disco and Dave The Dastardly like this

These 2 losses have been painful, much more so than years past.

At least last decade, you expected it. .



I absolutely expected exactly this after the first third of Game 1. Different year, different players, different coaches, different FO....same old s*#$.
“I don’t think of this game as any different than any game that we’ve played,” Baldelli said. “I don’t think, even in the five-game series, that there’s any added emphasis on today’s game. Every game is important. It doesn’t change the importance based on what happened in the previous game until you’re down to the last game and both teams know that they have to win that game, it’s not going to change the way that we’re really going to operate with our personnel.”

Absolute nonsense, IMO.
    • h2oface likes this

Good thing that we saved Odo and Rodgers until the series was effectively over....

 

I think we can all agree that It is super important that they are really well rested for the games that will never be played!

    • denarded and h2oface like this
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SoDakTwinsFan4
Oct 05 2019 09:29 PM
No matter what happens the rest of this series, this Twins team was REALLY FUN TO WATCH THIS YEAR. My 12 year old got me into baseball again this year, and I haven't had this much fun watching baseball in a long time. FSN puts out a great broadcast, and the product is great in my opinion. Was able to take my son up to Target Field for a game this year, and this 2019 Twins Team has provided us with a lot of great times this season. Go Twins!
    • glunn, denarded, birdwatcher and 12 others like this

 

Isn't Odorizzi still on this team?
Starting a guy who was driving an Uber last year, in a must win game in Yankee Stadium was preposterous.
Once again, saving players for situations that may never arise. I don't get it. Odorizzi doesn't even get a start until the series is, for all intents and purposes, over.

Totally agree. If Dobnak were a regular cabbie, that's one thing. But let's face it, Uber was concocted as a scam to avoid all the fees and regulations that come with driving a cab. Thinking that Uber would somehow help the Twins beat the Yankees was, frankly, ridiculous. 

    • Platoon, bighat and SoDakTwinsFan4 like this
This Twins franchise is forever cooked in the postseason. When ownership' s only stated goal is to win division championships, and build for only that, this team will never advance. The poster that listed the names of the starters above proves this theory. May be different players and management but one thing never changes the ownership and their contentment with illusion of winning and only making the one and done playoffs. 16 walks to the Yankees, twins brought pencils for pitching to a sword fight. This one and done playoffs lays with ownership as much as the players. Content with jyst making the postseason, this one is cooked and over.
    • LaBombo likes this
16 walks and two 6 run losses. We all expected Twins to be more competitive, I guess all we needed to do was look back at the 2019 trade deadline, the failure to add any quality starting pitching foretold the difficulty these playoffs would end up being.
    • nokomismod and LaBombo like this

 

16 walks and two 6 run losses. We all expected Twins to be more competitive, I guess all we needed to do was look back at the 2019 trade deadline, the failure to add any quality starting pitching foretold the difficulty these playoffs would end up being.

I totally agree with you, but even if Mike Minor or Marcus Stroman start today's game, I think we still lose because the hitting was so poor. 

    • SQUIRREL and Oldgoat_MN like this

Judging from the reactions of Frank Thomas and John Smoltz, I get the real sense that a lot of the TV broadcasters are a bit frustrated, maybe disappointed, in the Twins for getting destroyed by the Yankees. I think the expectation for TV was that this would be a very exciting series. It has been, by far, the most dull series in the post-season. 

    • nokomismod and bighat like this

 

This Twins franchise is forever cooked in the postseason. When ownership' s only stated goal is to win division championships, and build for only that, this team will never advance. The poster that listed the names of the starters above proves this theory. May be different players and management but one thing never changes the ownership and their contentment with illusion of winning and only making the one and done playoffs. 16 walks to the Yankees, twins brought pencils for pitching to a sword fight. This one and done playoffs lays with ownership as much as the players. Content with jyst making the postseason, this one is cooked and over.

It is beginning to get very old now. I was actually really nervous in the first two innings of Game One because I really did think that we had a legitimate chance this year. By the end of the fifth inning of Game One, I totally lost all my nervousness because I realized this year would be no different. I am however, quite surprised with the lack of competitiveness of our club. I would have thought it would have been very competitive these last two games. That's what is surprising. We really have never been dominated like this in any kind of stretch in this entire year. 

    • LaBombo likes this

 

Good thing that we saved Odo and Rodgers until the series was effectively over....

 

I think we can all agree that It is super important that they are really well rested for the games that will never be played!

It's difficult to sweep the White Sox. We're not taking 3 in a row against the Yankees. I would dearly love to send it back to New York but if I know the Yankees, they don't mess around. 

The twins won’t advance until they can avoid the Yankees. Period.
    • LaBombo and Longdistancetwins like this
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Pius Jefferson
Oct 05 2019 10:28 PM

They would have lost to Houston. 

    • tarheeltwinsfan and D.C Twins like this
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twinsnorth49
Oct 05 2019 10:30 PM
Pitching and plate approach have been a hot mess two games in a row. The Yankees look far more prepared in both areas, it’s been impressive to watch them execute their game plan. The Twins are letting themselves down, do not seem focused at all.

Disappointing.
    • SQUIRREL, birdwatcher, LaBombo and 3 others like this

No doubt, our 'backs are up against the wall' here.But, but, but, WHEN we win game3 in Minnesota, we'll create just a little bit of doubt in the minds of our opponents.I'll be watching "just in case" ;-).

    • Oldgoat_MN and tarheeltwinsfan like this

Pitching and plate approach have been a hot mess two games in a row. The Yankees look far more prepared in both areas, it’s been impressive to watch them execute their game plan. The Twins are letting themselves down, do not seem focused at all.
Disappointing.


Confidence is a helluva drug
    • SQUIRREL and tarheeltwinsfan like this

They would have lost to Houston.


Probably. But the Astros haven’t exactly crushed tampa pitching. 6-2 and currently 3-0. When the twins gave up a 7 run 3rd inning, that was it. I would like to see what the team could do when the game isn’t out of reach. But, pitching.
    • SQUIRREL likes this

Fire the manager until we get a playoff manager who actually reads scouting reports.Baldelli, thus far, is as incompetent as Gardenhire was.Solid in the regular season, then his brains turn into water for the playoffs.How do you not play healthy guys, fail to scout the other team's pitching, fail to scout the other team's hitting, and fail to show up prepared to play?In the civilian world Baldelli would be fired.

 

At least when Molitor and Kelly were around the teams showed up to play, regardless of the talent level.

 

12 in a row - why didn't we just forfeit as soon as we saw it was the Yankees?  

I turned it off after the grand slam.This season was awesome to watch but every flaw has been hyper exposed in the last 2 games and it is super deflating. 

 

Its kind of hard to be mad because no one really expected them to be in this spot at the beginning of the year.They planned and made moves according to the expectation they could be in the wild card mix 85-90 wins.They built an offense to feast on the weak pitching in the central and a staff to minimize damage.

 

The division turned out way worse than anyone imagined and a bunch of stuff went right for the Twins. So many things went way better than expected and all the sudden they had the HR record and 101 wins. 

 

Then they had to face a real, experienced, deep, vet team in the playoffs and it disintegrated.Hopefully this is a hard lesson taken to heart, the window is open but there is a lot of work to be done to be a real threat.  

 

The rotation needs an ace period.Pay whatever it costs money or prospect wise if it doesn't hurt you haven't gone after a talented enough pitcher.

 

The pen needs 2 more setup+ level nasty guys, at least 1 needs to be a vet.It also needs a nasty loogy.The disparity vs the NY pen the last 2 playoff trips has been the biggest factor in getting dominated.

 

The offense feasted on weak teams and it showed a lack of discipline/ approach when really challenged.Can't expect to win on a pitchers mistakes when you don't force them to make the mistakes.

 

I love Rocco as a manager and have faith he can be the guy but being down 0-2 and having not used one of your 2 best starters and 2 of your best relievers is pretty damning.  

 

    • LaBombo and SoDakTwinsFan4 like this

In the 2-2-1 LDS playoff format era, when the road team starts the series 0-2 they've come back to win it in 10% of those series.

 

A 10 percent generic series win probability for this Twins team after these two particular losses seems to overestimate their chances by a factor of roughly infinity.

 

Ok, maybe that's an exaggeration; there's always a chance of a flu outbreak or mass food poisoning up and down the Yankees roster.

 

It's been a fun, successful, memorable Twins season... and their failed postseason won't change that.

 

But it's hard to have a roster and manager be endlessly talked up as being unaffected by past Twins vs. Yanks futility and then watch them raise the bar for it.

 

And ownership needs to acknowledge the fact that they bear a large share of the responsibility for, among other things, a middling prospect with five major league starts totaling 19 innings being tasked with reversing a decade of playoff futility and another decade of just plain baseball futility.

 

 

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launchingthrees
Oct 05 2019 11:35 PM

 

Fire the manager until we get a playoff manager who actually reads scouting reports.Baldelli, thus far, is as incompetent as Gardenhire was.Solid in the regular season, then his brains turn into water for the playoffs.How do you not play healthy guys, fail to scout the other team's pitching, fail to scout the other team's hitting, and fail to show up prepared to play?In the civilian world Baldelli would be fired.

 

At least when Molitor and Kelly were around the teams showed up to play, regardless of the talent level.

 

12 in a row - why didn't we just forfeit as soon as we saw it was the Yankees?  

 

Well if we do this he'll have the job of his choice because he's a major asset.

    • Bill Tanner likes this

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