Gray, Bullpen Struggle in Second Game of Minnesota Series
The Yankees fell to the Twins on Tuesday night by a score of 10-5. Sonny Gray got a spot start for the Yankees, with manager Aaron Boone looking to give Luis Severino and the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest for the final game of the road trip and the start of the final homestand of the regular season. While on a pitch count, Gray was once again not sharp, going just three innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits while walking three and striking out two. The Yankees got on the board first in the top of the second inning via a sacrifice fly by Gary Sanchez to score Didi Gregorius, but it was the Twins who took control of the game. A passed ball by Austin Romine allowed Joe Mauer to score, tying the game at one in the bottom of the third. Jake Cave hit a two-run single to score Jorge Polanco and Logan Forsythe in that same inning to make it 3-1 Minnesota.
The Twins struck for another run in the fourth, an RBI double off of Jonathan Loaisiga to score Ehire Adrianza. It wasn’t until the fifth, however, that the Twins broke the game open. A bases-loaded walk to Max Kepler by made it 5-1, which was soon followed by an RBI single by Willians Astudillo to score Cave. Seeing that he was not going to get out of the inning himself, Aaron Boone decided to take Loaisiga out of the game for Tommy Kahnle, who gave up a grand slam to Joe Mauer to make it 10-1 upon being brought in. Only one of the runs was charged to Kahnle, that being Mauer, while the others were charged to Loaisiga. The Yankees made it a ballgame again as Didi Gregorius hit a grand slam of his own off of Trevor May, but it wasn’t enough as the Twins bullpen shut down the Yankee offense for the remainder of the game and the Twins would go on to win by a score of 10-5.
The Yankees will look to finish the road trip with a series win at Target Field on Wednesday night as they send scuffling ace Luis Severino to the mound. While he is 17-7 with a 3.52 ERA on the year, he has a 3-3 record with a 5.75 ERA in his last seven starts. He’ll look to get back on track as he goes up against Jake Odorizzi, a former AL East pitcher who much of the Yankee lineup is very familiar with. He enters Wednesday night’s contest with a 5-10 record and a 4.57 ERA. First pitch is set for 8:10 PM ET.