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  • Game Recap: Yankees 9, Twins 6


    Andrew Thares

    As they usually do against the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees lineup came to play tonight, as they scored nine runs on fourteen hits, four of which left the ballpark.

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    Judge and Stanton Clobber Dobnak

    It sure feels like a long time since the Twins threw Randy Dobnak in Game 2 of the ALDS against this Yankees lineup. In that game, Dobnak gave up four runs in 2+ innings pitched. Tonight didn’t go much better for the struggling right-hander, as Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton tee’d off on him. Together, Judge and Stanton combined to go 5-for-6 off Dobnak with three home runs and two doubles.

    In the first, it was Aaron Judge who got the home run derby started, as he cleared the fence in left-center field to put the Yankees up 1-0.

     

    The Yankees added another run in the second thanks to back-to-back two out hits, the latter being an RBI double from Brett Gardner that put the Yankees up 2-0. The third inning is where the Yankees busted things open. Aaron Judge ledoff the inning with a double that was followed by a Gleyber Torres walk. This set the table for Giancarlo Stanton who promptly blasted a no-doubter to straight away center field.

     

    After a scoreless fourth, the Yankees lineup went back to taking batting practice off of Rany Dobnak in the fifth. The inning started with a Gleyber Torres walk that preceded Gincarlo Stanton’s second home run of the game. This one just barley clearing the scoreboard in right-center field.

     

    Following that Stanton home run, Gio Urshela ripped a base hit up the middle, but didn’t stay on the bases long as Rougned Odor followed that up with a double-play groundout. Just as Dobnak looked like he was about to get out of the inning, he served up his fourth home run of the night, this time to Miguel Andujar.

     

    Kyle Higashioka followed that up with a single, which finally closed the book on a rough night for Randy Dobnak. Griffin Jax came in and needed just one batter to finally get the Twins out of the inning.

    Polanco and Sano Both Take Gerrit Cole Deep

    In what was an otherwise shutdown start from Yankees ace, there were a couple of bright spots from the Twins lineup as both Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano connected on a Gerrit Cole fastball, taking him deep for a couple of solo shots.

     

     

    Twins Bats Awaken in 4-run 9th

    It was a little too late for a comeback, but the Twins bats did show a little bit of life in the bottom of the 9th, as they entered the inning trailing by a score of 9-2. Alex Kirilloff got things going with a one out triple that just narrowly missed clearing the fence in center field. He then came in to score one batter later on a Miguel Sano single. After an Andrelton Simmons groundout, which advanced Sano to second base, Gilberto Celestino picked up his first career MLB hit, as he laced a line drive up the middle. 

     

    A wild pitch from Yankees reliever Brooks Kriske brought Miguel Sano in from third, and allowed Celestino to advance to second. Later in that same at-bat, Jorge Polanco connected on his second home run of the game, this time off the foul poll in right. This was just the second career multi-homer game for Jorge Polanco, and the first since 2017.

     

    The comeback effort fell short, however, as Josh Donaldson flew out to right to end the ballgame.

    No Drama Between Cole and Donaldson

    There was a lot of drama heading into tonight’s ballgame surrounding comments that Josh Donaldson made in regards to Gerrit Cole’s spin rates in light of the MLB cracking down on pitchers using illegal substances on the baseball. Well known New York sports radio personality Michael Kay shared his two cents on the situation earlier today.

     

    In the end, nothing played out on the diamond, as Cole never threw at Donaldson. Instead Cole just shut Donaldson’s bat down, as Donaldson went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against Cole.

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    What's Next?

    The Twins and Yankees wrap up the three game series Thursday Night at 7:10 pm CDT, as the Twins look to avoid the sweep with J.A. Happ facing his former team, while the Yankees will counter with Michael King.

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    1 hour ago, Major League Ready said:

    That theory is popular with fans who don't think a little thing like a significant revenue disadvantage should stop them from spending like a large market team.  I guess the theory is the big markets would make a good profit and the small market owners should take a loss.  Not too many guys signing up to buy mid/small market teams under that premise. 

      I would like to have an owner that was indifferent about financial concerns but it's certainly don't expect someone to spend 10 of millions/year to entertain me.  There is also the fact that their actions (spending) are quite consistent with revenue across all the MLB teams.  They consistently make a solid profit except when the team rapidly declines while they have a high payroll.  In those cases, that problem is rectified quickly which speaks to their financial focus / goals.  The Twins spending is relatively consistent with other teams of equal revenue.  They all operate to make a profit.  We should also keep in mind that the value of the team is completely predicated it's ability to produce a profit.  These guys are not going to spend a billion plus to lose money annually as well as reduce the asset value.

    Perhaps more to the point, if they were willing to basically donate 10s of millions to a cause, I certainly hope they would donate to a better cause than a couple more wins for their baseball team.  It is mind boggling to me to suggest they spend (donate) 20 or 30+ million a year to get 3 or 4 more wins in a given year when that money could be allocated to MUCH more worthy causes.

    I would add, if the theory is owning is fun therefore they should be willing to forgo a profit, why do we so readily accept the players focus on getting every dollar they can as they did during Covid?

    Yup. As I expected. $$ You would side with the "most". $$ Pohlad's were the wealthiest owner, maybe they still are. $$ They are free to make whatever choices they want, and they are familiar ones.

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    4 hours ago, stringer bell said:

    As I mentioned earlier, I went on to other things after Stanton's first homer, so talk about a ripped fingernail is news to me. Looking at Dobnak's numbers, he is no better than Shoemaker or Happ and has never had the sustained success that those guys have had. I fear Randy is a one-pitch pitcher (moving sinker) and that doesn't cut it either in the rotation or the bullpen. I really want to know what happened to the slider that was one of the big topics in spring training.  

    Quoting myself. Who has an ego? Anyway, I was getting a little tired of hearing how Dobnak's numbers were skewed by his use as a relief pitcher. Except for ERA (both splits terrible BTW) every major stat has been worse with Dobnak as a starter this year. 

    It reminds me of Bremer over and over saying that Mauer and Morneau were great hitters against left handed pitching. Morneau had a lifetime .710 OPS against lefties versus .886 against right handers. Mauer was .740 against southpaws and .868 against righties.

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    1 hour ago, h2oface said:

    Yup. As I expected. $$ You would side with the "most". $$ Pohlad's were the wealthiest owner, maybe they still are. $$ They are free to make whatever choices they want, and they are familiar ones.

    I am not siding with anyone.  I am stating fact in that teams spend according to revenue and that's the way the world works.  If suggesting that expecting spending to align with revenue is siding … you are welcome to that opinion.  What you are asking is that we find an owner who unlike all the other owners is willing to forgo profit or even take a loss.  That would be great but it but it’s a fanatical expectation IMO.   

    If it's such a good idea, why haven't other mid market teams signed the top FAs?  There has literally been one signing of the kind of FA (Bauer) by a mid market team in the last 20 years.  That was Grienke and The Dbacks had just signed a $1B TV contract.  That signing did not bring them success. 

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    13 hours ago, Aichiman said:

    I'm finished with this team.  I've followed them loyally since 1982, when I moved to Minneapolis.  And I left Minneapolis 23 years ago, but I still followed the Twins.  But I'm done; it's over.  This team will do nothing until ownership changes.  And I'm not willing to wait. I'm going back to my roots.  "Let's Go Mets!" will be my new/old mantra.  I'll use Trevor May to ease the transition.   I could say best of luck; but it'd be an empty gesture.  Instead, I invite you to follow my lead and dump this sorry franchise.

    I’m in New York and not ready to say that, but it’s not just Trevor May:  there’s an inordinately large number of Twins who have been Mets (and vice versa) over the years.  It makes for a great trivia question.  

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    4 hours ago, rv78 said:

    I listed Bauer and Hendricks simply as examples. Why do the Twins always sign players that had excellent careers when they are at the END of their careers like Donaldson and Cruz. 

    If you read my next post you'd understand that paying for crap will get you crap. Maybe they should try a different approach like trying to sign Free Agents in the prime of their careers when they are top performers, not when they are washed up, along with the other players that won't/don't make a difference.  Example: Gerrit Cole 7-3, Randy Dobnak 1-6.

    Not many players make it to free agency in their prime. Teams control them for a looooooooong time. Might be the thing I hate most about MLB. 

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    19 hours ago, rv78 said:

    I listed Bauer and Hendricks simply as examples. Why do the Twins always sign players that had excellent careers when they are at the END of their careers like Donaldson and Cruz. 

    If you read my next post you'd understand that paying for crap will get you crap. Maybe they should try a different approach like trying to sign Free Agents in the prime of their careers when they are top performers, not when they are washed up, along with the other players that won't/don't make a difference.  Example: Gerrit Cole 7-3, Randy Dobnak 1-6.

    Hendricks is at the end of his career so weird choice to use there. Cruz has been an MVP level hitter since the Twins signed him so another weird choice to use. Donaldson has been an above average hitter for the Twins. And you realize most players hit the FA market in their early 30s, right? Like Hendricks who is 32. Cole is making 36m a year. So, again, it comes back to how big of a payroll the Twins can have. It'd be great if they could have a Yankee style 200m payroll, but that isn't realistic. So you can have Cole for 36m making up 24% of a 150m payroll (I think the Twins could manage a payroll that size) and try to build a roster around him that can compete (hint: going to have to hit on a whole lot of the prospects you call up) or you can have Maeda at 3-10m depending on what incentives he hits, Berrios at 6, and Pineda at 10 and still be 10m less than Cole by himself. 

    Not to mention the absurdity of comparing Gerrit Cole and Randy Dobnak. Dobnak wasn't even in the opening day rotation. Comparing a top 5 pitcher in the game to our 6th pitcher isn't a useful exercise. When the Yankees have Cole as their 6th guy then you can make that complaint. Jameson Taillon brings up the back end of the Yankees rotation for 2.25m and has an ERA of 5.09 and a 1-4 record. Yankees get what they pay for! So cheap out there. How could they expect to be competitive with the likes of Taillon on their team?

    Would you like me to go into examples of big contracts that didn't turn out to disprove your idea of you get what you pay for? The Angels would love to speak with you about that. Oh, so would the Phillies. And the Mets. Cubs were 3rd in payroll and Red Sox were 4th last year, how'd that turn out? You don't get what you pay for. That's not how this works. Or the standings would simply reflect payroll size and the Rays wouldn't have a chance to ever compete. 

    Simply put you need to deal with the Twins (and almost every team in the league) never signing Cole or Bauer style contracts. It's not a good use of resources.

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    20 hours ago, h2oface said:

    Back to back games in relief? I don't mind them bringing him in yesterday for multiple innings. But yesterday? and back to back days. Just irresponsible in my opinion.

    I can see the complaint, but just don't see it as that big of a deal to do once. If he hits the IL today or something you'll definitely be proven right, but those guys throw everyday anyways. I think he threw about 25 pitches the day before. Basically a bullpen session. Certainly wouldn't make a habit of it, but I think as a 1 off thing, that saved the pen and helped get a W last night, it's probably alright.

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