Twins Hit Back-to-Back-to-Back Homers; Jump All Over Gerrit Cole

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Did you go to Target Field for the firework show tonight? Hopefully, you got there early because projectiles were flying through the air long before the sun went down in Minneapolis. Gerrit Cole, took the mound for our big brother New York Yankees and was immediately bombarded in the bottom of the first inning by Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa. The Cy Young front-runner wasn’t ready for what the Minnesota Twins’ top of the order brought to the party.

Luis Arraez, of all people to start a home run rally that lasts for three batters. When healthy, the Minnesota Twins have one of the best offenses in baseball. That’s difficult to argue, at this point. Of course, we cannot say the same things about their currently unhealthy pitching staff. Especially Dylan Bundy, who immediately allowed the Yankees to tie the game in the 2nd inning.

Not to worry, the Twins offense fired back in the bottom half. And in case you doubted my blog from last week, Byron Buxton is absolutely back. So far tonight, he’s swung twice and has two home runs. Twins lead 6-3 in the 3rd inning.

Update:

If you weren’t able to watch the rest of this baseball game, don’t worry. It played out exactly like so many Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees games of decades past. Twins get out to a lead, fans get excited, Yankees come back. Twins can’t counter the counter and Yankees win comfortably.

Last night, after Dylan Bundy showed us, for good, that he is no longer an MLB-caliber starting pitcher; the Twins bullpen proved incapable of performing on the big stage too. Hell, they may have been worse. Yes, you should win with seven runs and what the offense did to Gerrit Cole was fun to watch.

But after forcing Cole back to the dugout permanently, the lineup failed to muster a run against the New York Bullpen. All seven of their trips across the plate came in the first 2.1 innings on Thursday night. Nothing after that. It was a perfect storm for disaster. The final was a 10-7 Yankees victory. Again, they take the series, and our hearts.

Even Jhoan Duran was no match for the Bronx Bombers.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan