The narrative took an unexpected turn as Aroldis Chapman’s fastball speed slowed in the ninth inning on Thursday, unable to blow his usual heat from four members of the twin lineup and cough up a couple of homers in a 7-5 defeat. . However, that shouldn’t overshadow the development of the previous 26 innings – the Yankees ultimately hit like the Yankees.
New York blasted Minnesota’s pitch by 22 points at Target Field, a welcome sight after being held to two points or less in eight of the previous 13 games. Was it the time-tested elixir for dealing with twins or a sign of things to come? Gleyber Torres credits a pre-series match for turning the tide.
“All the guys during the meeting, before the games, we had a great conversation,” Torres said. “We felt like we were on the same page. When we got to Minnesota, we had the same plan. Just try to be consistent and be patient every time we go home and do the little things. “
The Yankees hit eight home runs in the set of three games, including three from Giancarlo Stanton, who went deep twice against Randy Dobnak on Wednesday and scored a three-point home run on Thursday against former teammate JA Happ.
“He’s a very dynamic player, and a lot of that is a little bit in your face,” said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli. “You watch him go into the box; he’s a very physical guy who has the kind of strength that very few people in any professional sport have. “
While it might be too high an order to ask for seven or eight runs a night, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he believes the power boost is sustainable, both for Stanton and the rest of the lineup. His reasoning: This is how the team was expected to produce if players played on the back of their bubble gum cards.
“I definitely feel like the offense is starting to gain some confidence and swagger,” Boone said. “Look, we have to keep building. We’re a long way from being a full team, but we need to keep building on some of the guys who really start coming to the party in an offensive way. “
Stanton said he agreed with Boone’s view of serving quality that seemed to take a quantum leap in the Twins series.
“We feed each other,” Stanton said. “See a couple of guys who have good batting, let’s see what the pitcher is trying to do to them. You go in there and do the same. It’s a bit similar and contagious, [just like] with bad jokes and bad approaches up there. We only learn from these games, we learn from these bats and keep going. “
The defeat in New York on Thursday reduced the record to 33-30, six games behind the division leader Rays, and five behind the Red Sox. Explained over a 162-game schedule, their 0.524 win rate means an 85-win campaign, which probably wouldn’t be enough to break the postseason.
The pitch brought the Yankees to most of their early-season lull, most notably a 17-win May in which attack was largely absent. It’s the hitters’ turn to carry the load, a responsibility Torres said she was ready to take on.
“Overall, I feel like we have been competing really well this week,” said Torres. “We’ve had really good, positive things for us. Everyone is asking for success, and we hit this series very well. This is a really good sign. We have another series [beginning Saturday in Philadelphia], so we are ready to go “.