Yankees 8-5 Twins: Another punching bag series sweep

Yankees Trent Grisham and Alex Verdugo in dugout after the former's home run against the Twins at Yankee Stadium on June 7, 2024.
John Allen
Thursday June 6, 2024

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New York Yankees 8-5 Minnesota Twins

NEW YORK — Trent Grisham significantly boosted his stats by hitting a home run and driving in three runs, effectively doubling his totals in these categories. His standout performance was crucial in leading the New York Yankees to an 8-5 triumph over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. This win secured their season sweep and extended their winning streak to eight games.

The Yankees’ star, Juan Soto, exited the game because of tightness in his left forearm following a prolonged rain delay in the fifth inning.

In contrast, Gleyber Torres delivered a crucial two-run double down the line at first base, driving the Yankees (45-19) to an important victory. This win ties them with Philadelphia for the league’s best record and enhances their impressive run to 25-6 over the last 31 games. The Yankees are now on their most impressive streak since their nine-game winning run in June 2022.

Pinstripes Poised for Powerhouse Clash!

The Bronx is set to buzz with excitement this weekend as an old postseason rivalry is rekindled. The red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers, featuring the incredible Shohei Ohtani, will face off against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in a star-studded interleague series.

Our Gold Glove shortstop, Anthony Volpe, delivered a defensive masterclass in the crucial innings. He made a spectacular diving stop on a scorching grounder from Carlos Correa with two outs in the eighth, halting the Twins’ rally. Volpe also made his mark on offense – his speed on the bases resulted in a run! After reaching on an infield single, he stole third and scored on a throwing error by catcher Christian Vázquez.

Giancarlo Stanton contributed with three walks and an RBI single, while Austin Wells added a sacrifice fly. This dominant performance solidified the Yankees‘ (AL East leaders) complete sweep of Minnesota, a team that has become a frequent victim for the pinstripes. Outscoring the Twins 36-12 this season, New York has extended its dominance to an impressive 123-44 record against them since 2002, including playoff games.

Despite home runs from Correa and Vázquez sparking some offense for Minnesota, our starter Marcus Stroman struggled to maintain the early 7-2 lead, falling short of completing the fifth inning.

Early Exit for Stroman, But Yanks Take Series Finale

A late surge by the Twins gave the Yankees a scare, but New York ultimately secured the series sweep. Here’s a breakdown from the pinstripes’ perspective:

A costly error by Aaron Judge in left field occurred in the fifth inning. Judge appeared to misjudge a fly ball by Max Kepler, allowing it to drop for an RBI double after initially assuming it would go foul. This defensive lapse contributed to a three-run inning for Minnesota.

Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman, who had been exceptional recently, struggled in this game. He lasted only 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits. This marked a rare off-night for the Yankees’ pitching staff, as it was only the 10th time all season that a starter failed to complete five innings. Prior to this game, New York starters had set a franchise record by holding opponents to three runs or fewer for 22 consecutive games!

Despite losing the early lead, the Yankees’ offense came alive in the third inning. Taking advantage of control issues from opposing starter Pablo López, the Yankees drew six walks – three each from Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Juan Soto. This loaded the bases and allowed all three runners to score, putting New York back in the lead.

Trent Grisham, hitting ninth in the lineup, continued his breakout performance. He drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth and hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat of the game. This impressive display followed a stretch where he had been hitting just .051.

Although it wasn’t the smoothest victory, the Yankees secured the sweep thanks to a crucial offensive rally and strong bullpen performances from Luke Weaver and Clay Holmes.

The Yankees Roster

Up Next

On the mound for the Yankees this Friday night is right-handed pitcher Cody Poteet. The 2-0 starter holds an impressive 2.45 ERA and will be making his third appearance for New York this season. Opposing him will be a familiar face to Yankees fans: rookie right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

The Dodgers’ standout pitcher, with a 6-2 record and a 3.32 ERA, was highly sought after by the Yankees during the offseason. They pursued him aggressively, arranging meetings in both California and New York, before he ultimately signed a lucrative $325 million contract with Los Angeles. This pitching duel sets the stage for a showdown between a rising star and a team left wondering what might have been.

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