Yankee Bats Bash Twins for Rodon. NY 9 Minnesota 5

Another day another win for the Yankees — 7 in a row — as they Bashed the Twins at Yankee Stadium on a beautiful June Wednesday night, 9-5.

Anthony Volpe went 3-5 from the leadoff spot, scoring 2 runs, and Aaron Judge drove in 5 runs from the #3 spot — including a bases-loaded triple in the 5th that gave NY an 8-0 lead.

On the mound, Carlos Rodon had a perfect game going into the 6th inning, broken up by a solo homerun by Carlos Santana.

Dennis Santana and Michael Tonkin wrapped the game up for the Yanks.

“It’s a tough group to navigate,” said manager Aaron Boone about the Yankee lineup. “You got DJ (LeMahieu) hitting down there at the bottom — you know he’s going to give you a good AB, and able to turn it over and really in that inning (the 4-run 5th) set the table to kind of grab us the game right there. Just a lot of really, really good at bats.”

NY is now 44-19, in 1st by 3.5 games over Baltimore. Minnesota falls to 33-28.

1. Yankee Bats Come Out Bashing

The Yankees bashed Twins’ starter Chris Paddack last time they saw him, and they bashed him again from the gates in this one. Anthony Volpe led off with a single to right, Juan Soto singled to center, and Aaron Judge grounded out scoring Volpe from 3rd. NY 1 Minnesota 0.

After Alex Verdugo struck out, Giancarlo Stanton laced a single to center, scoring Soto.

Anthony Rizzo then got a double down the line in opposite field left — making him feel good as he’s been in a slump — and Gleyber Torres ripped a ground rule double down the corner in opposite field right, plating 2 runs. NY 4 Minnesota 0.

2. Rodon Perfect Into the 6th Inning

Meanwhile Carlos Rodon was smoking. His 4-seam fastball was crackling at 95 MPH, and his slider, curve, and changeup were mixed in perfectly. He was getting 3rd-pitch strikeouts on the fastball, the curve, the slider, and the changeup.

Rodon mowed through the first 15 batters of the game — a perfect game.

Rodon struck out 9 batters, and didn’t walk anyone.

Finally his perfect game was broken up by Carlos Santana with 1 out in the 6th — a homer to right for an 8-1 game. The homerun jolted Rodon — who then allowed a single to Kyle Farmer, a double to Manuel Margot, and a sac fly to Carlos Correa for another run, before getting a groundout to end the 6th.

Said Rodon’s wife Ashley:

Rodon’s line: 6 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, 9 K’s, 0 walks — he wins to go 8-2 3.08.

3. Yankee DEFENSE Helps Rodon

When he wasn’t striking batters out, Rodon was getting help from his defense — the Yankees put on a SHOW in all areas in this game.

With 2 outs in the top of the 2nd, Alex Verdugo made a spectacular play in left — running into the wall and making the catch to rob Byron Buxton of a double, for the final out of the inning. Buxton was seen on the field tipping his hat to Verdugo afterwards.

In the top of the 3rd, Gold Glove shortstop Anthony Volpe made a tremendous play to his left and nabbed the batter Carlos Santana at 1st, with Anthony Rizzo making a terrific pickup.

In the top of the 4th, Juan Soto made a spectacular catch in right — leaping into the stands to catch a foul ball off the bat of Margot.

4. Yanks Make It 8-0 with 4-Run 5th

Paddock got on his wheels after the 4-run 1st inning, retiring 10 in a row and pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th — striking out the side (Judge, Verdugo, and Stanton) in that 3rd.

But in the 5th, DJ LeMahieu led off with a walk, and that brought up the top of the lineup again. Anthony Volpe singled to right, Juan Soto walked to load the bases, and Aaron Judge RIPPED one down the line in left for a bases-clearing triple. NY 7 Minnesota 0.

Verdugo hit a sac fly to plate Judge and give NY an 8-0 lead.

5. Paddack Vs the Yankees

Chris Paddack‘s final line was 4 IP, 6 hits, 7 earned runs. He loses to go 4-3 5.26. He’s pitched 65 innings and allowed 61 hits.

In Paddack’s other start this year against the Yankees he allowed 5 earned runs on 12 hits in 5 innings.

That means Paddack has pitched 9 innings vs NY this year in 2 starts, allowing 18 hits and 12 earned runs.

If you took away his 2 starts against NY, Paddack would have 56 IP with 43 hits allowed, and be 4-1 4.17.

6. Judge Walks with Bases Loaded

After Rodon allowed 2 runs in the top of the 6th, the Yanks got one back in the bottom of the 6th: Diego Castillo came in walked Austin Wells, DJ LeMahieu, and Juan Soto in between 2 outs.

Josh Staumont relieved Castillo, and threw 5 straight sliders to Aaron Judge — the first one a strike, and the next 4 balls for a run. NY 9 Minnesota 2.

7. Santana Vs Santana

After getting through the 6th, Rodon left at 100 pitches and Dennis Santana came in for the 7th. Leadoff batter Royce Lewis greeted him with a 373-foot homer to left and next batter Jose Miranda tripled to center. He scored on a Byron Buxton ground out and it was 9-4 NY.

Santana got the next out, which brought up the matchup everyone had been waiting for: Dennis Santana vs Carlos Santana.

Carlos grounded out to Gleyber Torres.

Santana allowed another run in the 8th — a leadoff double, wild pitch, and groundout — before retiring the side. Not a great outing for Santana who has been shaky lately.

8. Tonkin Finishes

Michael Tonkin — who has become a stalwart of the bullpen — pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 9th, striking out the last 2 batters for the old ballgame.


After the game, the Yankees now sport 3 of the top 10 hitters in batting average in the American League:

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