Yankees 4-0 Twins: Judge-Stroman combo scripts victory

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Minneapolis.
John Allen
Wednesday May 15, 2024

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New York Yankees 4-0 Minnesota Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Following his colossal 467-foot home run, Aaron Judge relentlessly attacked the Twins’ pitching, delivering a trio of blistering doubles. These hits brought in two additional runs for the New York Yankees, sealing their commanding 4-0 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night.

In a display of Yankees tradition against the Twins, Marcus Stroman (3-2) asserted his dominance by pitching six scoreless innings. He limited the opposing team to merely a double, a single, and three walks, securing his initial victory in four starts.

Yankees Take Control: Hitting Trio Fuels Victory

Anthony Volpe contributed a run with a sacrifice fly, while Giancarlo Stanton added an RBI single as the Yankees (30-15) surged to a 4-0 victory. The heart of the lineup – Judge, Verdugo, and Stanton (hitting 3rd, 4th, and 5th) – ignited the offense, amassing a collective 8 hits from the 3rd to the 5th innings.

This triumph reinforces the Yankees’ dominance against the Twins, as they have now outscored Minnesota 9-1 and outstripped them in hits 26-11 across the two-game series. Notably, their record against the Twins since 2002 improves to an impressive 118-44, marking the most superior record of any major league team against an intra-league opponent in the past 23 seasons.

The Yankees’ triumph transcends this series alone. They have clinched victory in 10 of their last 13 games and boast an outstanding 30-15 record at Target Field. This winning percentage stands as the highest among any team that has played at least 15 games at the ballpark throughout its 15-year history.

Yankees Rake López, Judge Explodes

Pablo López (4-3), the Twins’ starter, faced challenges from the relentless Yankees offense, conceding a season-high 10 hits in just 6 1/3 innings, resulting in three runs before his removal from the game.

The core of the Yankees’ lineup, renowned for its power, demonstrated consistent contact throughout the evening. Spearheading this onslaught was the formidable Aaron Judge, whose initial four at-bats amassed an impressive 1,588 feet of fly balls, as per Statcast data.

Among these hits, Judge’s 11th home run of the season stood out prominently. He launched a blistering 113 mph shot into the third deck above left field, leaving no room for doubt about its trajectory. His stellar performance concluded with a flawless 4-for-4 record at the plate, accompanied by a walk.

In contrast, Willi Castro, substituting for the injured Byron Buxton in center field, endured a forgettable night. His mishandling of a routine fly ball by Anthony Volpe in the second inning resulted in an initial misjudgment, followed by a hurried throw after realizing his error, compounding his struggles.

Gleyber Torres‘ run seemed inevitable, but a mishap by Castro added further frustration. While securing the third out of the inning, Castro’s evident irritation led him to fling the ball high into the right-center field stands.

Castro’s struggles in center field continued throughout the game. In the seventh inning, he took an unusual route towards a Judge line drive, resulting in the ball sailing over his head. A more aggressive approach might have led to a catch. These defensive lapses are unusual for Castro, who has primarily played shortstop and second base throughout his career.

On a brighter note for the Twins’ outfield, there is hope on the horizon. Byron Buxton, who has been sidelined with a knee issue, started a rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul on Wednesday night. Although he went hitless with two strikeouts, his return to center field could significantly bolster the Twins’ defense.

The Yankees Roster

Up Next

Stepping onto the pitcher’s mound for the Yankees on Thursday afternoon will be right-hander Clarke Schmidt, boasting a record of 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA. Facing off against him for the Twins will be right-hander Joe Ryan, who holds a record of 2-2 with a 3.21 ERA.

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