Aroldis Chapman implodes, Yankees have a chance to sweep the Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – The Yankees were three outs from sweeping the Twins out of Target Field.

And then Aroldis Chapman arrived.

The closest, dominant for pretty much this entire season, may have had his worst outing ever, giving up a two-run equalizer to Josh Donaldson and then a winning homer to Nelson Cruz, as the Twins returned. roaring. the bottom of the ninth for a 7-5 win on Thursday night.

Chapman didn’t strike out any of the four hitters he faced and his face spoiled a night in which Giancarlo Stanton hit a long three-run homerun against ex-Yankee JA, Happ in the first to give the Yankees advance to the portal.

Michael King flirted with danger late in the round.

A walk to Donaldson and a single from Alex Kirilloff put the runners in the corners with one out. Cruz then snatched a training line on the left, where Miguel Andujar made an uncomfortable grip. Kirilloff scored on the sacrifice volley to make it 3-1 and King pushed Trevor Larnach to extend the set before making Miguel Sano look for a generous strike called a three.

Nelson Cruz (left) gets a hug from Miguel Sano after beating the home run by two points in the Yankees' 7-5 loss to the Twins.
Nelson Cruz (left) gets a hug from Miguel Sano after beating the home run by two points in the Yankees’ 7-5 loss to the Twins.

King only threw 11 catches in the 24-pitch round.

Gio Urshela led the fourth with a shot from the front of the second bridge to the left, as the Yankees increased their lead. They scored four runs on Happ in five innings, as his ERA jumped to 5.75 a year after the southpaw pitched poorly in the Bronx and almost accused the Yankees of skipping his starts to avoid a d-option. ‘$ 17 million acquisition.

The Twins hit King again late in the inning with a brace from Andrelton Simmons RBI that hit Sano.

Lucas Luetge replaced King with two outs in the fourth and quickly hit Jorge Polanco with a pitch. But Luetge pulled Donaldson out on strikes to end the set.

More sloppy play from the Yankees got them in trouble with a fifth out, as Cruz hit receiver interference on Gary Sanchez and Larnach called with a left single that could have been caught by Andujar.

Jonathan Loaisiga faced Sano and flew him to the left and Ben Rortvedt crushed to keep the lead.

A single with two strikeouts from DJ LeMahieu in the sixth took Andujar from second place to 5-2, extending their streak of scoring at least five points in a four-game game, the first time they’ve done so since. September.

After Wandy Peralta gave Cruz an RBI brace in the seventh to reduce the Yankees’ lead to two, Chad Green got Sano on a strikeout.

Gilberto Celestino deprived the Yankees of a point in the eighth, when he landed an excellent right hand catch on LeMahieu’s liner that would likely have marked Brett Gardner early on.

Andujar’s powerful throw from the left finished the eighth, as it allowed Celestino to try to stretch a single into a double.

But Chapman missed it.

And while Stanton didn’t get another hit after the homerun in the first inning, he has three homers, one double and eight RBIs in his last three games after a slow start on his return from a strain. of the left quad that landed him on the injured list.

The squad’s three-game explosion was undoubtedly the product of a combination of Stanton finding his rhythm, horrific throws from Minnesota, as well as record heat in Minneapolis.

The real test of whether the Yankees offense is ready to live up to expectations will come this weekend, when they travel to Philadelphia for a two-game set and see more representative competition.

Aaron Boone said he was convinced it was sustainable.

“We’ve seen all of these guys play at a really high level before,” said Boone. “There is no reason to believe that we cannot continue. We have to keep our foot on the gas.



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