The Yankees won the regular-season series against the Twins, 4-2, but it didn’t go without a lack of drama. A look back at how the action unfolded:
- When the teams met in July at Target Field, it was billed as a potential playoff preview. But what ensued was a different kind of epic, especially the middle game that turned into a 5-hour 3-minute marathon that the Yankees won 14-12 in 10 innings. It took a miraculous diving catch by Aaron Hicks to finally end it with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th. The slugfest featured a combined 35 hits and four blown saves. The Yankees led 2-0 in the first, trailed 8-2 after four and 9-5 after five, took a 10-9 lead in the top of the eighth, trailed 11-10 after eight, went ahead 12-11 in the top of the ninth and then went to extras tied at 12.
- Yankee Stadium has a reputation of being a home run hitter’s paradise, but it was Target Field that took credit for hosting the in-game home run derby between the two sides. The two best teams at hitting homers in MLB history recorded eight long balls in their series in The Bronx, but crushed 20 during their three-game set in Minneapolis.
- Didi Gregorius only played in the second series against the Twins, but still managed to do a season series’ worth of damage. The shortstop was 8-for-10 with 10 RBIs in three games at Target Field. The Twins will likely be happy not to see Mike Tauchman in the ALDS, after he went 8-for-22 (.364) with six RBIs in six games against them. Other hot Yankees hitters during the season series were DJ LeMahieu (7-for-17), Aaron Judge (6-for-13), Edwin Encarnacion (6-for-14) and Gary Sanchez (three home runs).
- On the flip side, Nelson Cruz crushed Yankees pitchers for five home runs in six games, while Mitch Garver hit 6-for-16 with three home runs. The Yankees were able to cool off Max Kepler (3-for-20) and Jorge Polanco (5-for-25, two home runs).
- Good outings were hard to come by for any starting pitcher in the season series, but the Twins’ Kyle Gibson and the Yankees’ J.A. Happ were both roughed up twice. Gibson gave up 10 earned runs and 14 hits in 10 innings, while Happ allowed 10 earned runs and 13 hits in nine innings. Jake Odorizzi threw six shutout innings at Yankee Stadium, then got shelled for nine runs and 10 hits in four innings at Target Field. James Paxton tossed three scoreless frames against the Twins in May before getting pulled with knee soreness.