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Game Score: Yankees 10, Twins 2


Nothing new under the sun, as the Yankees crushed the Twins in the Bronx. Charlie Barnes was roughed up early, allowing six runs in two innings, making it hard for Minnesota to come back.

Box Score
Charlie Barnes: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 2 K (53.2 % strikes)
Home Runs: Donaldson (17)
Bottom 3 WPA: Barnes -.352, Astudillo -.051, Polanco -.036 
Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)
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Early on, things didn’t go the Twins’ way at all, but they could’ve been much worse. Facing Néstor Cortes Jr., the offense was utterly dominated by the Cuban, who needed only 11 pitches to retire the top of Minnesota’s order. Then, the Yankees took a 4-0 lead in the bottom half of the first, with Charlie Barnes loading the bases twice. He really struggled with his control and command, giving up three walks and hitting a batter before stranding three runners to conclude the inning.

A leadoff single by D.J. LeMahieu followed by a home run to the Short Porch by Aaron Judge in the second inning put the Yankees ahead 6-0. Barnes was able to cool down at this point forward,. He was able to retire six of the next eight batters, including a 12-pitch scoreless third inning. But Barnes settling down wasn’t enough. The Twins needed their offense to step up. Through the first three innings, Minnesota’s lineup got no-hit by Cortes Jr. The only Twins baserunner came via (checks notes) an Andrelton Simmons’ walk.

The first sign of life from the Twins offense came during the fourth inning. Mitch Garver drew a two-out walk shortly before Rob Refsnyder ended Cortes Jr.’s no-hit bid. Nick Gordon was hit by a pitch, and, suddenly, the Twins were one swing away from getting right back into this game. It was up to Willians Astudillo, and he made contact with every pitch he saw, maybe putting a little pressure over Cortes Jr. But eventually, he flied out to right, ending the Twins’ threat.

Barnes pitched himself into a jam once again in the fourth, giving up two consecutive one-out walks. Luke Voit hit a ball deep to center, and Gordon couldn’t make the diving catch on the warning track. Fortunately for the Twins, that ball bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double, and New York settled for only one run batted in, extending their lead to 7-0. Barnes came back to deliver a scoreless fifth.

Twins get on the board
After getting only one-hit through five innings, the Twins offense finally made some noise. Luis Arraez hit a leadoff double, coming back from an 0-2 count. Josh Donaldson had a full count after getting ahead 3-0, but Cortes Jr. hung a slider in the heart of the plate, and Donaldson brought the rain.

Garver hit a single immediately after that Donaldson home run, prompting the first mound visit for the Yankees in the game. With no outs yet, Minnesota had a great chance to spark a rally. But Cortes Jr. managed to retire the following batter and then induced a ground ball double play to put the inning on the books. As it turned out, after that Garver single, Yankees pitching retired eight consecutive Twins batters.

Kyle Barraclough was the Twins 40th round draft pick in 2011. He chose not to sign and was drafted the next year by the Marlins. He has spent parts of several seasons in the big leagues, and tonight, he made his Twins debut. He came in in relief of Barnes and pitched a 1-2-3 sixth frame. However, New York managed to add three more runs: a leadoff home run by Voit in the seventh and a two-run shot by LeMahieu in the eighth. Juan Minaya took over and finished the inning. Garver drew another walk, to lead off the ninth inning, but that was all Minnesota got out of that inning.

Postgame Interview

Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet

  MON TUE WED THURS FRI TOT
Barnes 0 0 0 0 109 109
Gant 17 0 0 61 0 78
Minaya 19 0 40 0 16 75
Albers 0 0 0 63 0 63
Barraclough 0 0 0 0 46 46
Colomé 10 0 31 0 0 41
Garza Jr. 0 13 23 0 0 36
García 0 0 35 0 0 35
Thielbar 19 0 9 0 0 28
Coulombe 0 0 7 19 0 26
Duffey 0 0 14 0 0 14

 


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First time in awhile where Twins were totally out of it. We've discussed it already...Twins can't beat NY. They go into games already wondering how they will lose. Crazy you say? Not at all. Over 15 years of data indicate this is THE classic MLB mismatch, perhaps of all time.

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10 minutes ago, Otto von Ballpark said:

I’m just glad that Rocco left Barnes in long enough to qualify for the win.

Yeah, having him go back out there for the 5th when he was already at 98 pitches already probably wasn't expected. I suppose he did turn in an 11 pitch inning. Despite not giving up any runs, he still hit one batter wasn't even hitt 89mph on his fastball.

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Wow. Barnes threw over 100 pitches and even got enough innings to win the game...if Sano hadn't decided to go on paternity leave.

 

If the Twins could free up some roster spots, they could send Barnes and Ober (literally shutting them down early) to St. Paul and have Strotman, Ryan and Balazovic come up and join the rotation.

 

Who could they jettison to give them a couple of roster spots, plus one for Miranda since Donaldson is the designated hitter now?

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So Charlie Barnes learned the classis lesson on how to pitch to the Yankees--walk a bunch of hitters and then give up a hit.

It is true that the data are miserable against the Yankees over the years. One stat I am quite interested in is the number of walks issued by the Twins in comparison to the number issued by the Yankees during that stretch. I would be willing to bet that the difference is ghastly.

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I wonder whether the umpires buy into the Twins-fan narrative of Yankee domination over our boys? The home plate umpire really squeezed Barraclough on the Voit AB before his home run. Two two-strike pitches nicking the zone but called balls before the cookie Voit inevitably clobbered.

[edited to correct name of pitcher]

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Watch the next two days get rained out, and the whole pitching fiasco wasn't even necessary. No need to give Maeda extra rest and then match him up with Cole. Why not give us a better chance to win and match him up with a different pitcher? If you are going to give games away, Baldelli, you may as well give away one you would probable lose even with your best lineup and starting pitcher (that the team has left, anyway).

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Sometimes I just don't understand Baldelli.  He should be embarrassed.  How many times do we have to listen to his BS that the pitcher did well?  What game was he watching?  He usually lifts pitchers after 8 innings but left Barnes out there to get hammered.  Remember Shoemaker, and Happ?  Baldelli embarrassed them and Twins by letting them " hang out to dry " on their last day of pitching for the Twins.  I've been a backer of Baldelli but not any more.

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It looks to me like Rocco is always trying to get away with playing his least competitive lineup so that the team can win tomorrow. Got Charlie Barnes on the mound? Might as well throw in the towel and field the worst lineup possible. I dislike this part of Rocco's managing style. He also does it during in-game situations. Twins down by 2 runs in the 6th? Instead of bringing in a shut-down reliever, Rocco puts in the worst bullpen guy so the Twins can save Rogers for tomorrow. But then tomorrow, the Twins lose 9-3.

Also getting sick of seeing the Twins run out all of these has-beens and never-will-bes in a lost season. Forget calling up any of our top prospects, let's just sign Ubaldo Jimenez, Jeff Samardjzia and Hector Santiago to start the rest of the season. Maybe we can grab Melky Cabrera and Matt Kemp to fill in those OF spots.

Watching a wasted season is terrible. Watching a wasted season and getting zero of the team's top prospects any experience is another. Kiriloff would have been fun to watch but he's injured. Larnach fizzled out, but at least we got to see the guy try. Right now Nick Gordon is the most exciting call up on the field. Give us something to get excited about, please.

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11 hours ago, Vanimal46 said:

The announced lineup was not competitive. Equivalent of a Sunday matinee game. No surprise this is the result. 

An outfield of Refsnyder, Gordon and Cave doesn't excite you about the future of the Twins??!?

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3 hours ago, h2oface said:

Watch the next two days get rained out, and the whole pitching fiasco wasn't even necessary. No need to give Maeda extra rest and then match him up with Cole. Why not give us a better chance to win and match him up with a different pitcher? If you are going to give games away, Baldelli, you may as well give away one you would probable lose even with your best lineup and starting pitcher (that the team has left, anyway).

Let’s hope at least one of these games get ppd.

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Barnes is a burner pitcher.  If the Twins thought he had any chance of having a future on this team, he would not be in the pitching in the majors yet.  His minor league numbers are not good.

I agree with what others are saying, it really looks sometimes like Baldelli gives up on some games before they even start.  He increasingly seems like a participation medal kind of guy in a professional sport.

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Does this mean Barnes has no future with the Twins? I mean leaving him out there for 109 pitches, they pretty much haven't done that with anybody. Normally I would say this was a great thing, living him in there after giving up some runs and letting him leave how to actual pitch in a major league game instead of pulling the young starter before the pitch count gets too high or in too much trouble.

Back in the day when something was expected out of the starter this is how they learned on the job.

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Steely Dan sing the Ballad of Barnes & Barraclough:

 Times are hard

 You're afraid to pay the fee

  So you find yourself somebody

 Who only makes league minimum

 When you need a few more innings

 'Cause your man can't take the mound

That's the time you get me throwin'

 And you know I'll be around

I'm a fool to do your dirty work, oh yeah...

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Falvey and Levine should be ashamed of themselves for what the Twins put on the field last night.  The pitching was nowhere near MLB caliber--isn't a bullpen game like Thursday night meant to set up starting pitching for the following night?  And the Twins don't even have a major league starter available??  I was at the game and it was thoroughly embarrassing, I can't bring myself to listen to whatever Hallmark card sentiments Baldelli came up with afterwards.  

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On 8/20/2021 at 11:50 PM, Melissa said:

I wonder whether the umpires buy into the Twins-fan narrative of Yankee domination over our boys? The home plate umpire really squeezed Barraclough on the Voit AB before his home run. Two two-strike pitches nicking the zone but called balls before the cookie Voit inevitably clobbered.

[edited to correct name of pitcher]

That Voit at bat was the game breaker, imo.

Ump squeezed us bad. Then a terrible 0 two pitch.

Boom. 

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On 8/21/2021 at 7:51 AM, bighat said:

 

Watching a wasted season is terrible. Watching a wasted season and getting zero of the team's top prospects any experience is another. Kiriloff would have been fun to watch but he's injured. Larnach fizzled out, but at least we got to see the guy try. Right now Nick Gordon is the most exciting call up on the field. Give us something to get excited about, please.

Taking rookie pitchers and sending them to NY to get their butts handed to them would not be  good baseballs, it is asininely stupid baseball.

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