New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole has nine fans to defeat Minnesota Twins
Posted On June 10, 2021
There were two very important results at Target Field on Wednesday night from the Yankees’ perspective.
New York 9, Minnesota 6.
Gerrit Cole 3, Josh Donaldson 0.
Amid accusations that he was among MLB pitchers using foreign substances to heal baseball, Cole (7-3) has rebounded from his poor June 3 start and has generally overpowered the Twins. The Yankees right-hander struck out nine strikes and walked none in six innings, in which he allowed five hits – three singles and two solo homers.
“The outside chatter is the outside chatter,” Cole said. “As players we just have to do our best to stay focused on our job.”
Giancarlo Stanton ensured the New York ace received more than ample support in the race, with two home runs and five home runs. And, for the first time in all season, the Yankees won a game in which they allowed five or more points.
Aaron Judge also went in depth, and typically a multi-homerun match involving the Bronx’s two biggest bombers grabbed the headlines.
But after Twins third baseman Donaldson hinted last weekend that Cole was using illegal adhesive agents to increase spin speed on his throws, all eyes were on the face-to-face. of them.
Cole laughs the last
In the first inning, Cole struck out Donaldson on five throws. A brief glance and a soft tip of the cap were all of the pitcher’s reactions.
Donaldson also fanned the third inning, and his right sixth flyout made it 0 to 9 for life against Cole (with five strikeouts in total).
As has become his custom, Cole didn’t offer anything controversial in his post-match comments.
“He’s a former MVP, you know, a big cog in training,” he said of Donaldson. “The sheer satisfaction of making those shots there, putting our team in a better position to win was enough.”
Neither Cole nor manager Aaron Boone expect anything to develop further between the two.
“Hey [Cole] is an amazing pitcher and a great competitor, ”said Boone. “And, when all that dust settles, it doesn’t matter where this story goes, it doesn’t change.”
“His efforts, with all the distractions going on around him – he went over there and showed you who he was.”
Back to bats …
Once again, a series with the Twins couldn’t have been better for New York, which has a history of one-on-one domination (106-37 since 2002).
The same Randy Dobnak (1-6) the Yankees roughed up in ALDS Game 2 two years ago was able to knock out 4 innings but still allowed 11 hits – including four homers.
Against the right-hander, hitters 2-3-4 – Judge, Gleyber Torres and Stanton – went 5 for 7 with two walks, two doubles, three homers, six runs batted in and six runs scored.
Miguel Andújar added his fifth solo shot of the year, while Brett Gardner (3-for-4) doubled twice and made one.
Maybe the offense was as deep as Cole to send a message? If so, it’s mainly the bats that have spoken on this front.
“One thing I feel like we’re trying to do as an offense, especially with Cole – if we can just strike a point early in the first or second inning… we can let Cole work and pitch like. he wants it, “the judge said.
Putting 17 points on the board in the first two games of the series helped the Yanks (33-29) set the tone to start their eight-game road trip.
Whether this can really be called ‘momentum’ remains to be seen.
“When I got to the New York Yankees in 2003, on the Reds trade deadline… we and the Red Sox were fighting in the East and maybe had one of the peaks of their rivalry in there. ‘era,’ Boone said previously. the game.
“We arrive at [AL] Championship Series, and sort of winning every other game, it was like, “we’ve got some momentum tonight.” And then the other team would respond the next day. So that maybe crushed the idea of that a bit.
“But,” Boone conceded, “I think there are times in a year when you can build some momentum.”
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