Friday, September 17, 2021

Ball Calls, Let Yankees Heroes Sink the Twins 6-5 in New York

If they weren’t already disappointed if they didn’t return to New York for a make-up game in the middle of the homestand or because of mechanical troubles on their charter plane that caused them to arrive at their hotel by 1:30 or so. Unfortunately for losing his starting pitcher in the first innings due to injury the day before a doubleheader, Monday’s eighth inning did the trick.

The Twins were winning from the start, tying a game by the time Aaron Judge’s three-run homer in the eighth hit the right-field fence, and a Gary Sanchez single in the 10th gave the Yankees a 6–5 win. The Twins at Yankee Stadium on Monday afternoon, manager Rocco Baldelli having already been kicked out, were sent to watch from inside the clubhouse.

The subject of his frustration?

Home-plate umpire Jeff Nelson, who called ball four on the pitch to Yankees’ Brett Gardner, appeared to extend the innings by cutting off the edge of the plate. Had it been called a strike, the Twins would have been out with a 5-2 lead from the eighth inning.

Both Baldelli and reliever Tyler Duffy, who was then pulled over to make way for Alexander Colom, recorded their fervent disagreement with Call, but the call was made, bringing the All-Star judge to the plate.

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Judge’s three-run home run drew both teams into a tie, bringing the Yankees back from a five-run deficit once.

Against rookie Luis Gil, a one-time Twins prospect, whom the club dealt with the Yankees in 2018 for outfielder Jake Cave, the Twins pounced. Jorge Polanco’s two-run home run in the first innings was his 30th of the season, the first time the second baseman has reached that milestone. He is only the 19th twin to do so.

Miguel Sano, who is chasing that number for the second time in his career, took his 27th of the season shortly after, giving the twins an opening four-run lead. He ended the day with three hits.

But what started out so well for the Twins took a dive at the bottom of the innings when starter John Gantt had to go with team trainer Michael Salazar after suffering a lower abdominal strain. This forced the Twins to tap into their bullpen, using Luke Farrell, Caleb Thielbar, Kyle Barraclough, Duffy Colom and Ralph Garza Jr. to cover the remainder of the game.

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And the Yankees slowly made a late six against the Twins bullpen, scoring a run in the sixth and seventh before tying in the eighth and ending the Twins’ quick one-day trip in the 10th with a disappointment.

Ball Calls, Let Yankees Heroes Sink the Twins 6-5 in New York
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