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Monday, June 27, 2016 Tex connects, but long ball stings Eovaldi

Tyler Duffey carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, supported by consecutive home runs off the bats of Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Max Kepler, leading the Twins to a 7-1 victory over the Yankees on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

“First time through, I was just trying to get the ball over the plate,” said Duffey, who allowed only two hits through eight innings. “Just getting into the fourth, sixth, seventh innings, and then as I came along, I started throwing more breaking balls, started feeling better than I had. It’s a lot of positives for me today, and obviously we won the game, which is the ultimate positive.”

Duffey retired the first 17 batters he faced before Aaron Hicks’ two-out double in the sixth, then limited the Yankees to one run over eight innings, striking out eight without a walk to help the Twins snap a three-game skid and avert a potential series sweep.

“That ball Hicks hit, it was just a changeup that I left over the middle,” Duffey said. “It was a pitch that I had located earlier in the game, swung through. It was one of those things where I knew what was going on the whole time. I knew I had to get the next guy out, so I just rolled with it and had to keep pitching.”

You have to love how much the headline writers stretch to come up with sort of positive headlines for terrible losses. “Hey, Teix hit a home run! Yeah, we allowed 48 home runs on our end, but at least Teix hit one!”

What a pathetic loss. Tyler Duffey was pitching for his rotation spot today, a rotation spot on the worst team in baseball, and yet he was PERFECT through nearly six innings! What a pathetic, pathetic offense.

They took 2 out of 3 from the Twins only because the Twins made some moronic errors in the first two games of the series.

This upcoming series against the Rangers is going to be high-lariously bad. I’d be surprised if they get a game.

--Posted at 3:21 am by Brian Cronin / 4 Comments | - (0)

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