Yankees takeaways from Thursday’s 7-5 loss to Twins, including Aroldis Chapman’s nightmare outing

Yankees takeaways from Thursday's 7-5 loss to Twins, including Aroldis Chapman's nightmare outing

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The Yankees were three outs away from a sweep, but the Minnesota Twins scored four in the ninth and walked off with a 7-5 win on Thursday night.

Here are some key takeaways …

– Things quickly fell apart for Aroldis Chapman in the ninth. Entering the game with a 5-3 lead, Chapman allowed a leadoff single to Jorge Polanco before Josh Donaldson jumped on fastball and launched it over the wall in left for a two-run homer to tie the game.

Willians Astudillo then singled, and on Chapman’s ninth pitch of the inning, Nelson Cruz launched his own two-run homer to give the Twins a walk-off 7-5 win.

Chapman did not record an out, allowing four runs on four hits.

– After hitting two home runs on Wednesday night, Giancarlo Stanton picked up right where he left off, smashing a three-run home run off former Yankee J.A. Happ in the first inning. Stanton’s 12th homer of the season gave the Yankees an early 3-0 lead.

The Yankees nearly added another run in the first. After Gio Urshela tripled off the wall in right, he tried to score on a wild pitch, but replay showed that Happ blocked the plate and Urshela was never able to reach home, taking a run off the board.

Michael King had some control issues early, walking two in the first inning while allowing a run on a Nelson Cruz sac fly. The right-hander held the Twins scoreless in the second and third, but his night came to a close in the fourth after allowing an Andrelton Simmons RBI single, which made it a 4-2 Yankees’ lead.

In all, King went 3.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out three and walking three, throwing 69 pitches (40 strikes).

– Urshela provided more power in the top of the fourth, drilling a solo home run off the facing of the upper deck in left, putting the Yankees up 4-1. The homer was Urshela’s seventh of the season and the Yankees’ eighth of the series to that point.

Chris Gittens, still in search of his first big-league hit, scorched a ball over the wall in right in the fourth that was initially called a fair ball and a home run. Unfortunately for Gittens, the umpires got together and (correctly) ruled it a foul ball, which was confirmed by replay.

Gittens ended up going 0-for-4.

DJ LeMahieu had another one of his patented multi-hit games, going 2-for-5 at the plate. LeMahieu’s second hit of the night was an RBI single in the sixth inning, putting the Yankees up 5-2.

Gleyber Torres reached base four times on night, three times on hits and once on an error.


What’s next

The Yankees have a rare Friday off before heading to Philadelphia for a two-game series against the Phillies, starting Saturday at 4:05 p.m.

Jameson Taillon is scheduled to face fellow righty Vince Velazquez.

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Christine Watkins

Christine founded Sports Grind Entertainment with an aim to bring relevant and unaltered Sports news to the general public with a specific view point for each story catered by the team. She is a proficient journalist who holds a reputable portfolio with proficiency in content analysis and research.

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