Yankees repeat 1999 milestone, limit Twins to one run in series sweep

Yankees' Juan Soto, during the game against Minnesota Twins, on Thursday, May 16, 2024.

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The New York Yankees demonstrated their dominance over the Minnesota Twins, completing a three-game sweep at Target Field with a decisive 5-0 victory on Thursday afternoon. The series finale was a one-sided affair, leaving the Twins yearning for a swift conclusion to their misery.

The Yankees’ offensive firepower was on full display, with Anthony Volpe setting the tone by launching a leadoff home run. The scorching-hot Aaron Judge continued his onslaught, roping two more doubles, while Clarke Schmidt delivered a career-best performance on the mound, striking out eight batters over a personal-high eight innings.

The Twins’ bats fell silent after Ryan Jeffers’ leadoff home run in the series opener on Tuesday night. Minnesota failed to score a single run in the subsequent 28 innings, a testament to the Yankees’ pitching prowess and the Twins’ offensive woes.

According to research by YES Network’s James Smyth, this marks the first time the Yankees have limited an opponent to one run or fewer in a three-game series since their 1999 ALDS triumph over the Texas Rangers. In the regular season, this feat hasn’t been accomplished since 1952, further highlighting the Bombers’ exceptional performance.

Yankees leave Twins demolished in lopsided sweep

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The New York Yankees showcased their dominance against the Minnesota Twins, with a resounding three-game sweep that left the Twins scoreless for 26 innings. Manager Aaron Boone sang the praises of pitcher Clarke Schmidt, who improved his record to 5-1 with a stellar 2.49 ERA. Boone lauded Schmidt’s exceptional spin rate and his ability to execute the game plan flawlessly.

Throughout the series, the Yankees showcased their superiority, leaving no doubt about which team was the better squad. The lopsided results culminated in Thursday’s 5-0 drubbing, mercifully ending a disheartening sweep for the Twins.

Historically, the Twins have been the Yankees’ perennial punching bags. However, the dynamics of this rivalry may be shifting. Last season, the Twins finally broke the hex, winning the season series against New York for the first time since 2001, the year Anthony Volpe was born.

Despite the Twins’ impressive run of 17 wins in their last 20 games, including a 12-game winning streak against formidable opponents, they were unable to maintain their momentum against the Yankees. Their dominance over the Twins since 2002 is staggering, with a 120-44 record that equates to a 118-win pace over a full season.

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge signals to dugout after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Minneapolis.
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The Yankees’ bullying of the Twins is just one example of their overall dominance this season. With an AL-best 30-15 record, they lead the league in runs scored and fewest runs allowed, despite a quiet April from star player Judge and the absence of reigning AL Cy Young winner Gerrit Cole due to an elbow injury.

The Twins, now 24-19 after the sweep, have still managed an impressive 17 wins in their last 23 games. However, as they prepare to visit Yankee Stadium from June 4-6, they will undoubtedly hope to avoid the Yankees in the postseason, provided both teams qualify.

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