Twins turn triple play, beat Yankees 8

Ross Houston
July 23, 2019

LeMahieu narrowed the Twins lead to 7-6 with his blast in the fifth. Four of those have come against the Yankees. Gibson, however, fell to 1-6 with a 6.50 ERA in nine career starts against the Yankees after giving up five runs-two earned-in 5.0 innings of a 6-3 setback on May 3.

Garver hit his second homer of the game in the bottom of the sixth, his 19th of the year, to put the Twins back up by two runs.

CC Sabathia was tagged with the loss and moved to 5-5 on the season. But it wasn't with the bats where they made all the noise.

Twins catcher Mitch Garver blasted two of those while going three for four at the plate.

I've considered what the most exciting play in baseball is many times and usually land on an inside-the-park home run or bang-bang sacrifice fly.

Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz and Max Kepler also homered for Minnesota, which increased its major-league-leading total to 187.

"We have an unbelievable lineup", Garver said. They're also 5-0 in his past five against winning teams.The Twins are 47-21 across the past 68 at Target Field vs. RHPs, and 17-6 in the past 23 against American League East foes.

Minnesota turned a triple play for just the 13th time in club history in the first inning on Monday. The first two Yankees hitters he faced, DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge, walked and Edwin Encarnacion came to the play having hit 29 home runs on the season. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and fired to second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who relayed the throw to Miguel Sano, beating Encarnacion by a step to complete the trifecta.

"Obviously it gets us out of the inning in a spot when we're not in the best situation", Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

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