Luis Gil Cruises to Go 8-1 1.82. NY 5 Minnesota 1

Luis Gil pitched another masterpiece — 6 innings of 1-hit shutout baseball, striking out 6 — to lead the Yankees to a 5-1 win over the Twins on a beautiful Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

A Gleyber Torres solo homer in the 2nd, Aaron Judge 2-RBI double in the 3rd, and Giancarlo 2-run insurance Bomb in the 8th provided the Yankee offense, and the NY bullpen of Tommy Kahnle, Ian Hamilton, and Luke Weaver shut the door.

“It’s just hard to get a hit off of him,” said manager Aaron Boone about Gil. “His stuff really plays. The fastball is real; the hitters show you that every time. But you see just how good his changeup is. The changeup has been a genuine 2nd pitch factor for him pretty much every start. And I thought tonight he had a really good changeup.”

NY improves to 43-19, in 1st place by 2.5 over Baltimore. Minnesota drops to 33-27.

1. Gil Great Again

“I didn’t think he was overwhelming tonite,” added Boone. “which is kind of a testament to how he walked through 6 innings. I thought his changeup had really good depth to it — there were some pitches that from the side that you look up and it was 92-93 and had a little forkball look to it — that’s how much it was diving. He walked a couple guys; got behind a couple guys; but he does a really good job of controlling himself in the moment now, when he’s out of wack for a couple of pitches he’s doing a better job of reigning it in, self correcting out there — and 6 more strong ones tonite.”

Luis Gil’s line: 6 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 6 K’s, 3 walks.

Gil’s record is now 8-1 1.82.

2. Gleyber Solo Bomb

Gleyber Torres gave Gil and the Yanks a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd with a 349-foot homer to opposite field right center off Minnesota starter Bailey Ober, a 28-year-old 6’9 righty out of North Carolina. Gleyber went 1-3 with a walk on the day to raise his slash line to 5-17-.231 (.308).

3. Judge 2-RBI Double

Ober threw a strike then 4 straight balls to DJ LeMahieu leading off the bottom of the 3rd, and Anthony Volpe followed with a single to put 1st and 2nd, nobody out. Juan Soto fouled out but Aaron Judge hit the ball off the barrel to opposite field ‘just fair’ for a 2-RBI double, and NY was up 3-0.

4. Kahnle & Hamilton Hold Tight Lead

Other than that, Ober pitched well — 5 innings of 3-hit ball — and Cole Sands came in to pitch 2 shutout innings, keeping the Yanks at 3 runs.

Tommy Kahnle came in for the 7th and allowed a 1-out, solo homer to rookie 3rd baseman Royce Lewis, who was back up after going 2-2 in a game in late March. Lewis walked twice earlier in the game against Gil — meaning he is 3-3 and batting 1.000 in the big leagues.

Kahnle got the last 2 batters to end the 7th and Ian Hamilton pitched a 1-2-3 shutout inning in the top of the 8th (fly out, fly out, strike out) to maintain the tight 3-1 Yankee lead.

5. Giancarlo 2-Run Insurance Bomb

Aaron Judge ripped a 94-MPH four-seam fastball for a single to center with 1 out in the 8th off Caleb Thielbar, and with 2 outs Giancarlo Stanton ripped a 75-MPH curve into the 2nd deck in left for a 5-1 Yankee lead.

6. Weaver Wraps Up

Luke Weaver pitched a stress-less 9th with a 5-1 lead, retiring the side in order, strike out, fly out, fly out for the old ballgame.


  • Aaron Judge went 2-3 with a walk to raise his batting average to .293. He is now 8th in the American League in batting.
  • Juan Soto went 0-2 with 2 walks but still leads the American League in batting.
  • Anthony Volpe went 1-4 and is at .283 — 14th in the AL.

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