MINNEAPOLIS – Gerrit Cole stuck it on Josh Donaldson and the Twins.
After the Twins third baseman faced off against the Yankees ace in baseball’s latest potential scandal, accusing the right-hander of using illegal alien substances to increase his turnover, Cole sniffed Donaldson in each of his two. first blows of the stick.
It was the most interesting part of another lopsided victory for the Yankees over the hapless Twins, 9-6.
Cole was strong on another scorching night at Target Field, crushing not only Donaldson but much of the Twins’ roster – even as his turnover rate was down again, according to Baseball Savant.
The spin rate of his four-stitch machine was dropping (from an average of 2,552 rotations per minute to 2,493). And he fell further with his slider (2,708 on average to 2,621 on Wednesday), as they were up on his articulation curve and – most importantly – his shift (which went from an average of 1,745 rpm). / min at 1,870).
In his previous departure – which is the one Donaldson referred to – the drops were even more drastic and consistent. What the differences are due to, only Cole knows for sure.
And that’s at the center of the current controversy between hitters, pitchers and MLB.
The league is on the verge of cracking down on the use of foreign substances by pitchers, and Donaldson singled out Cole for his recent reduced turnover following minor league suspensions and looming major crackdown.
“I don’t regret it,” Donaldson said ahead of the game of his comments on Cole. “When I say something, it’s thought of in advance. It is not on a whim. I’ll say this: Gerrit Cole was the first guy to pitch since the suspensions came in and he was the first guy whose turnover rates we could see go down. Since Gerrit launched, there have already been 12 or more guys whose turnover rates dropped significantly last week. So it’s not just Gerrit.
Cole, however, probably doesn’t need anything more to beat the Minnesota wine merchant, so the impact of the app changes remains to be seen.
While Cole was good, he gave Jorge Polanco a third inning homer and Miguel Sano one to open the fifth inning.
Never mind Wednesday, as the Yankees beat Randy Dobnak by eight runs in 4 ² / ₃ innings. They erupted for 11 hits and four homers on Dobnak en route to the roster’s second consecutive performance.
Giancarlo Stanton came out of his recent funk with two homers and a brace against Dobnak in the first five innings. Aaron Judge has also scored and doubled against Dobnak, and Miguel Andujar has scored for the fifth time in his last eight games.
Ahead of the game, Aaron Boone was confident Cole would perform well in the midst of the chaos.
“There is no doubt that this has been a major story in our sport,” said Boone. “Gerrit is one of the best pitchers in the game and his name has been mentioned. I’m sure it’s in his head. … But he’s super focused.
There were boos from the polite Minnesota crowd when Cole’s name was announced before the game, but not much during the game itself.
It didn’t take long for the Cole and Donaldson showdown to materialize, with Donaldson finishing second at the end of the first.
Cole pushed him back with a 1-2 knuckle curve after Donaldson waved at a 100mph four-stitch machine.
Cole appeared to be watching Donaldson after the strikeout.
The result was the same in the third, as Cole rocked Donaldson again. In the sixth, Donaldson flew away.
Cole allowed two runs while striking out nine and stepping none in the 94-length outing before Luis Cessa entered to start the seventh.
It was Cole’s highest strikeout since he sniffed a dozen batters in eight clean innings against the Rays on May 12.
The Yankees had the game in hand until Brooks Kriske gave up four points in the ninth, forcing Aroldis Chapman to stand up in the reliever box before Kriske finished it.