MINNEAPOLIS – The banged twins weren’t ready to go quietly into the night.
A few hours after losing Alex Kirilloff, who forced reserve interior Nick Gordon into action as seventh center-back of the season, the Twins entered the ninth inning on Thursday facing a two-point deficit against Aroldis Chapman and the Yankees, the historic nemesis of this club. .
Two large swings of the bat quickly canceled it. Josh Donaldson scored a two-point homer that equalized the game, then Nelson Cruz got away with his two-point homer, leading the Twins to a 7-5 win at Target Field.
With the Twins at a disadvantage, 5-3, entering ninth place, Jorge Polanco opened with a single before Donaldson tied the game with an explosion in the upper deck in the center-left field. This got the crowd spinning – and this grew to feverish when Willians Astudillo later spotted and lost his helmet while celebrating at first base.
Cruz’s final swing sent the ball 457 feet thrown by Statcast to center, sending the crowd into a frenzy.