Yankees drop middle game of weekend series to Twins
The Yankees lost to the Twins on Saturday afternoon by a score of 7-3. J.A. Happ got the start for the Yankees, coming just short of a quality start by going 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out three. Mitch Garver opened the scoring in the third inning when he hit a two-run home run home run to right center field off of Happ. A run-scoring double play hit into by Jorge Polanco would add another run in the fifth, making it 3-0 Minnesota.
In the sixth inning, Happ surrendered his second homer of the afternoon, this one a solo shot by C.J. Cron to give the Twins a 4-0 lead. Eddie Rosario would ground into a force out in the seventh to score Garver and make it a 5-0 Minnesota lead. In the bottom of the seventh, the Yankees finally got on the board when Brett Gardner scored on a wild pitch. They added another run in that same inning on an RBI single by DJ LeMahieu, making it a 5-2 game.
The Twins would get one of those runs back, however, in the eighth when Jonathan Schoop hit an RBI single to score Cron. Gary Sanchez’ third home run in his last two games made it 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth, but the Twins got the run back in the ninth on a solo homer by Nelson Cruz, and the Twins would go on to win by a final score of 7-3.
The Yankees are now 18-14 on the season, three games back of the first place Rays at the end of Saturday afternoon’s game. They’ll look to take the rubber match of this series tomorrow afternoon as they send Domingo Germán to the mound. He is off to an excellent start in 2019, boasting a 5-1 record as well as a 2.56 ERA. He’ll go up against former-Yankee Michael Pineda, who enters Sunday’s contest carrying a 2-2 record with a 6.21 ERA in six starts. First pitch is set for 4:05 PM ET.