13 Sep 2018, 10:28 IST
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As he inched nearer to a no-hitter, Jake Odorizzi was able to throw 140 pitches if wanted. He was nearing his profession excessive towards the New York Yankees, however was assured he might speak Minnesota Twins supervisor Paul Molitor into leaving him in for the ninth inning if it acquired to that time.
Odorizzi by no means made it that far.
His no-hit bid was damaged up when Greg Hen laced a run-scoring double with one out within the eighth, and the Twins beat the Yankees 3-1 Wednesday night time to take two of three from New York.
The Yankees’ lead over Oakland for the highest AL wild card was minimize to 1 recreation as they accomplished a 4-5 journey.
A tiring Odorizzi walked Luke Voit earlier than Hen lined the following pitch deep into the left-center hole. Odorizzi was instantly pulled and he tipped his cap to the group as he walked off to a standing ovation.
“It has been a troublesome yr. There is no if ands or buts about it,” Odorizzi mentioned. “So it is good to have one among these outings towards the tip, really feel the power, present them form of what I am able to doing.”
Odorizzi (6-10) struck out 5 and walked three, matching his large league excessive of 120 pitches set whereas pitching for Tampa Bay towards the Twins on June 3, 2016.
There was no hesitation on Molitor’s half as he went to take out his starter after Odorizzi lastly allowed successful within the eighth. Odorizzi wanted simply seven pitches to get by the seventh, however that introduced his pitch depend to 109 getting into the eighth.
“It was an excellent form of stress for me, attempting to barter with Jake in between innings,” Molitor mentioned. “Nobody needs to see anybody get harm, however he is a veteran. He mentioned he felt nice, and I do know he can be sensible about looking for methods to take it a pitch at a time, a hitter at a time.”
Taylor Rogers relieved Odorizzi and promptly struck out Gleyber Torres earlier than Trevor Hildenberger fanned Andrew McCutchen. Hildenberger completed for his sixth save.
Luis Severino (17-8) allowed one run and 4 hits in 5 2/Three innings, dropping to 3-6 in his final 11 begins. Severino unsuccessfully tried to influence supervisor Aaron Boone to maintain him within the recreation within the sixth.
“He needed to remain within the recreation. I am effective with my guys wanting to remain within the recreation,” Boone mentioned. “He was very pitch environment friendly. Clearly it wasn’t a pitch depend difficulty, it was simply beginning to get a bit of away and he is within the battle proper now. I respect the hell out of that.”
Severino permitted one hit within the first 5 innings, then gave up a one-out single to Max Kepler within the sixth adopted by Ehire Adrianza’s go-ahead double.
Joe Mauer’s single put runners on the corners, Jorge Polanco struck out on a wild pitch that superior Mauer, and David Robertson relieved and retired Eddie Rosario on a groundout.
“My confidence is at all times up,” mentioned Severino, tagged with the loss in consecutive begins. “I’ve had some struggles however that is nothing I can not repair. So I used to be going to go give 110 p.c and compete for my crew.”
Minnesota opened a 3-Zero lead within the seventh when Willians Astudillo hit an RBI single and scored on Kepler’s double.
Twins catcher Mitch Garver was eliminated after two innings. He took a foul tip to the masks within the second, and the crew mentioned preliminary assessments didn’t point out a concussion.
Yankees: All-Star nearer Aroldis Chapman might return subsequent week from almost a month on the disabled record. Chapman has not pitched since Aug. 21 due to left knee tendinitis, which has bothered him all through the season. The 30-year-old left-hander threw a bullpen Wednesday and was to return to New York for remedy. Boone anticipates one other bullpen session this weekend, then a return.
Twins: 3B Miguel Sano (left leg) mentioned he hopes to play once more earlier than the tip of the season. “I need to end robust,” he mentioned. Sano was harm final week when he slid awkwardly into second base towards Houston.
Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka is to start out Friday towards Toronto. Tanaka has gained consecutive begins in September after going winless in August.
Twins: LHP Stephen Gonsalves will make his fifth large league begin Thursday at Kansas Metropolis.
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