Aroldis Chapman implodes in ninth as Yankees blow chance to sweep

MINNEAPOLIS – The Yankees were three outsiders away from taking the Twins out of target field.

And then Aroldis Chapman came in.

The close, impressive, was perhaps his worst outing for nearly all of this season, leaving a game-tying, two-run homer to Josh Donaldson and then a game-winning homer to Nelson Cruz as the Twins returned. roared down from ninth for a 7-5 win on Thursday night.

Chapman retired none of the four batsmen he faced, and his face-plant was damaged one night in which Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run homer to former Yankee JA, Hap, to give the Yankees a lead out . Door.

Michael King flirted with Danger at the bottom of the innings.

A walk for Donaldson and a single by Alex Kiriloff puts the runners on the corners with an out. Cruz then ripped a line drive to the left, where Miguel Andujar took an uncomfortable catch. Kirilloff scored 3–1 on a sacrificial fly and King went on to extend the innings to Trevor Larnach, before he saw off Miguel Sano on a generous strike three.

Nelson Cruz (left) gets a hug from Miguel Sano, a game-winning two-run homer after the Yankees lost 7-5 to the Twins.
Nelson Cruz (left) gets a hug from Miguel Sano, a game-winning two-run homer after the Yankees lost 7-5 to the Twins.

King made only 11 strikes in an innings of 24 pitches.

Gio Ursella fired a shot from the front of the second deck on the fourth left as the Yankees extended their lead. He scored four runs off the heap in his five innings, as his ERA rose to 5.75 a year after the lefty’s poor showing in the Bronx and allegation that the Yankees abandoned their start to avoid a $17 million vesting option. gave.

The Twins again reached King at the bottom of the innings, with an Andrelton Simmons RBI double scoring the score for Sano.

Lucas Luetge replaced King in the fourth with two outs and immediately hit Jorge Polanco with a pitch. But Luetge ended the innings by dismissing Donaldson.

The Yankees’ more sloppy play landed them in trouble with a fifth one, as Cruz reached a catcher’s interference on Gary Sanchez and Larnach followed with a single from the left that could have been caught by Andujar.

Jonathan Loisiga came in to face Sano and got him to fly to the left and hit Ben Rorthwaite off the ground to keep the lead.

A two-out single by DJ Lemahieu in the sixth led Andujar to 5–2 in the second, extending his streak of at least five runs in a game to four games, the first time since September. .

Vandy Peralta cut the Yankees’ lead to two after the RBI allowed Cruz to double in the seventh, Chad Green got Sano on a check-swing strike.

Gilberto Celestino robbed the Yankees of a run in the eighth when he made an excellent running catch on Lemahieu’s liner, which would have probably scored Brett Gardner from first.

Andujar’s strong throw from the left ended in eighth place as he tried to pull Celestino into a double for a single.

But Chapman blew it.

And though Stanton didn’t get another hit after a first-innings homer, he has three home runs, a double and eight RBIs in the last three games, landing on the injured after a slow start in his return from a left quad strain. list.

This three-game outburst from the lineup was undoubtedly a product of some combination of Stanton having his groove, some horrific Minnesota pitching, as well as a record-breaking heat in Minneapolis.

The real test to see if the Yankee offense is ready to live up to expectations comes this weekend, when they head to Philadelphia for a two-game set that will see more representative competition.

Aaron Boone said he believed it was sustainable.

“We’ve seen all these guys perform at a very high level before,” Boone said. “There’s no reason to think we can’t continue this. We have to put our foot on the gas.”


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