Luis Gil’s dazzling outing vs. Twins results in yet another Yankees record

Yankees' Luis Gil is pitching against the Twins at Yankee Stadium on June 4, 2024.

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Luis Gil‘s remarkable form shows no signs of waning as he continues to dominate on the mound for the Yankees. On Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, he demonstrated no-hit potential once more, conceding just a single hit over six scoreless innings against the Minnesota Twins.

In the Yankees’ 5-1 victory, Luis Gil allowed three walks and struck out six, securing his seventh consecutive win. This performance extends his impressive streak of pitching at least six innings while allowing one run or fewer in each outing since the start of May. This run marks the longest such streak in Yankees history.

Luis Gil, the 26-year-old right-hander acquired from the Twins in March 2018 for outfielder Jake Cave, has become one of the toughest pitchers to hit in the majors. A day after being named both the American League Pitcher of the Month and Rookie of the Month for May, he added another masterful performance to his breakout season.

This season, Luis Gil has held opponents to three hits or fewer in ten different games and has limited batters to a .129 average overall. The only hit he gave up on Tuesday was a third-inning double by Christian Vazquez, which was promptly neutralized as Trevor Larnach grounded out and Carlos Correa struck out to end the inning.

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton noted Luis Gil’s exceptional season, stating that he had been phenomenal all year and was terrific again in this game.

“Gil has been unreal all year. He had another [good] one today,” he said.

A dramatic transformation of Luis Gil

Yankees' Luis Gil is pitching against the Twins at Yankee Stadium on June 4, 2024.
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Luis Gil’s career, previously marked by inconsistency in the minor leagues, has transformed dramatically at the major league level. His blend of overpowering pitches and precise control has made him one of the most formidable and stingiest pitchers in baseball, effectively minimizing hard contact and overpowering hitters with his arsenal.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone commended Luis Gil’s powerful pitching following yet another commanding performance, highlighting how opposing hitters’ reactions underscore the potency of Luis Gil’s fastball. Boone pointed out that his changeup has evolved into an effective secondary pitch, further unsettling batters. The manager remarked that the pitcher’s changeup was particularly effective against the Twins.

Luis Gil’s latest outing lowered his ERA from 1.99 to 1.82, making it the fifth-lowest ERA by a Yankees pitcher through the first 12 starts of a season in the expansion era since 1961. This achievement places him alongside notable names such as Whitey Ford (1.53 in 1964), Phil Niekro (1.58 in 1984), Ron Guidry (1.72 in 1978), and Dave Righetti (1.75 in 1981).

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli acknowledged Luis Gil’s impressive presence on the mound, despite his modest stature. Baldelli noted the Yankees star’s remarkable arm and elite pitching, describing his fastball and hard changeup as particularly challenging for hitters due to their deceptive nature. According to him, Luis Gil’s combination of high-quality pitches and solid command creates a formidable challenge for opposing teams. Baldelli concluded that he delivered a strong performance overall.

“A good, hard fastball. The hard changeup, I’m not even sure of the action on that pitch and what it’s doing, but it looks like a good, effective pitch based on the hitters’ reactions. That looked like a real strength of his, and he commanded the ball pretty well. When you have stuff like that and you command the ball pretty well, it’s a nice combination. He threw a good game today.”

In his first full MLB season, the 26-year-old has swiftly established himself as the Yankees’ ace, consistently baffling batters with his high-velocity fastball and fading changeup. Luis Gil’s ability to strike out hitters and maintain control has made him a standout in the rotation.

It was far from certain that Luis Gil would play a key role in the Yankees’ rotation at the start of the 2023 season. Having missed most of the past two years due to Tommy John surgery, his chances of making the Opening Day roster seemed slim however, when ace Gerrit Cole experienced right elbow discomfort during Spring Training, a window of opportunity opened for Gil.

The potential for Luis Gil’s inclusion in the rotation became apparent on March 11 against the Phillies in Clearwater, Florida. Entering in relief of Clayton Beeter, he struck out eight batters over 3 2/3 innings, showcasing his dominance.

Yankees' Luis Gil is pitching against the Twins at Yankee Stadium on June 4, 2024.
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Manager Aaron Boone recalled the moment, noting how Luis Gil’s performance against the Phillies made a strong impression. Boone remarked that the Yankees pitcher’s follow-up outing against the Blue Jays in Tampa further solidified his place, and he has continued to impress since then.

“He came in and dominated the Phillies’ lineup in Clearwater. It was like, he smacked you in the face like, ‘Look at this,’” the Yankees manager said. “Then he followed it up his next time out against [the Blue Jays] in Tampa, and he hasn’t stopped since.”

After spending significant time rehabbing from elbow surgery, Luis Gil acknowledged, through interpreter Marlon Abreu, his own surprise at his success. He emphasized the extensive effort required to recover and secure a spot in the Yankees’ rotation.

“I had to come back from a big injury, a lot of dedication, a lot of hours to put myself in the situation where I could be here and compete,” the pitcher said. “I thank God for the opportunity to be here. I’m part of this team. It’s so good to see [the team] play well.”

Luis Gil reflected on the journey back from a significant injury, highlighting the dedication and countless hours needed to reach this point. He expressed gratitude for the chance to contribute to a talented Yankees team and noted the satisfaction of seeing the team perform well.

From an injured prospect to one of the Yankees’ most dependable starters, his perseverance has clearly paid off in his first full MLB season.

Bolstered by another impressive performance from Luis Gil, the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to six games, reaching a share of the best record in Major League Baseball. His effective pitching allowed the Yankees to secure his eighth victory of the season. With this win, New York improved to a 43-19 record, tying the Philadelphia Phillies for the top spot in the majors.

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