Yanks Down 7-3 Come Back to Beat Minnesota 10-7

The Yankee offense bailed out Gerrit Cole to come back from a 7-3 deficit to win 10-7 and take the rubber game of the 3-game series in Minnesota. Joey Gallo and Aaron Hicks were the hitting stars — both going 2-5 with 3 RBI’s — Gallo hit 2 homers  and Hicks also hit a homer.

The Yanks scored 2 runs in the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings, and 1 in the 8th for the walkaway win, while the Yankee bullpen shut out Minnesota through the last 6 innings.

1. Cole Raked

The Yanks got Gerrit Cole a run in the top of the 1st on a DJ LeMahieu sac fly, but Cole started the bottom of the 1st by allowing home runs to the first 3 batters he faced!

Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton, and Carlos Correa unloaded on Cole and it was 3-1 Minnesota.

“Really poor execution, and not great stuff,” said Cole about his performance. “We located some fastballs at the end of the first inning. We just kept trying to execute that down and away like we’ve had the last few weeks, but it kept creeping over the middle, and not really being serviceable. And at the same time the sliders were not very sharp; they didn’t have very good bite; and the cutters were backing up over and over again — middle middle cutters that were running. Tough to get away with with a pitch like that against those guys.”

Cole proceeded to walk a batter then strike out the side.

Joey Gallo had Cole’s back — hitting a 2-run homer off Dylan Bundy in the top of the 2nd to tie the game 3-3.

But Cole just didn’t have it — in the bottom of the 2nd, a 1-out single, walk and homerun by Buxton (his 2nd) made it 6-3 Minnesota.

Cole allowed another homer in the 3rd — to Trevor Larnach — and it was 7-3 Minnesota.

Yankee Twitter was screaming that Minnesota was stealing signs, or at the least, Cole was tipping pitches.

2. Yankee Offense Has Cole’s Back

And then the Yankees came back. Again.

In the 5th, Joey Gallo hit a homer and it was 7-4. Little by little.

Minnesota replaced starter Dylan Bundy with Jharel Cotton, and the first batter he faced, DJ LeMahieu homered and it was 7-5. The ballgame was back on.

In the 6th, Gleyber Torres reached on an infield single and Aaron Hick — the much-beleaguered-by-Yankee-fans Aaron Hicks — hit a bomb to right for a tie game, 7-7!!!

In the top of the 7th, Aaron Judge led off with a double, and Anthony Rizzo singled him home for an 8-7 Yankee lead.

The Yankees weren’t done — Josh Donaldson singled, stole 2nd and went to 3rd when Gleyber Torres reached on an error.

Aaron Hicks — again the much-beleaguered-by-Yankee-fans Aaron Hicks — singled to left to make it 9-7 NY.

The Yankees added an insurance run in the top of the 9th on a 2-out walk by Rizzo, double by Donaldson, walk by Gleyber Torres to load the bases, and wild pitch by Jovani Moran to score Rizzo.

NY 10 Minnesota 7.

3. Yankee Bullpen: 6 Shutout Innings

Meanwhile the Yankee bullpen was lights out in relief of Cole. They had his back too.

  • Lucas Luetge pithed 2.1 innings of shutout ball,
  • Miguel Castro pitched a 1.1 shutout innings (and got the win),
  • Wandy Peralta pitched a 1-2-3 shutout 7th (for a hold),
  • Michael King pitched a 1-2-3 shutout 8th for the hold, striking out 2, and
  • Clay Holmes pitched a stress-free, 1-2-3 shutout 9th for the save — striking our Carlos Correa for the old ballgame.

The Boxscore


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