Yankees Rout Twins, 8-2, in ALDS Game 2: Instant Analysis

Analyzing the key takeaways from the New York Yankees’ 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins in Game 2 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium.

The New York Yankees extended their lead 2-0 over the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS with an 8-2 rout at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

The game was over when…

…The Yankees extended their lead to 8-0 with a seven-run third inning.

Game Balls

  • SS Didi Gregorius: Sir Didi had an outstanding bounce-back night, which included a grand slam into the second deck in right field. He finished 2/3 with four RBIs.
  • SP Masahiro Tanaka: Believe that playoff Tanaka is a thing or not, he brought it in Game 2. Tanaka finished going 5.0 innings while giving up three, hits one earned run and recording seven strikeouts.
  • RF Aaron Judge: He didn’t record an RBI, but Judge had sound at-bats. He went 2/3 with two walks.

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Key Stats

  • 5/11: The Yankees were clutch Saturday night, recording five hits in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
  • 1/7: Conversely, the Yankees’ pitching staff came through with runners in scoring position—allowing just one hit in those situations.

Quick Hits

  • The Yankees have now won 12 consecutive playoff games against the Twins.
  • With a win on Monday, the Yankees will have won all six of their playoff series’ against the Twins.
  • Edwin Encarnacion had two hits again as he did in Game 1. He finished with two hits, a walk, and an RBI.
  • RP Tommy Kahnle struck out two batters in his only inning of work.
  • 3B Gio Urshela finished with two hits but had three “hard-hit” balls on the night.
  • 1B D.J. LeMahieu continued his strong series, adding a first-inning double while also scoring two runs.
  • Five Yankees hitters finished with at least two total bases on the night.
  • The Yankees pitching staff finished with 14 strikeouts in the Twins’ 32 total at-bats.

Up Next: The Yankees get a travel day on Sunday before visiting the Twins on Monday night at Target Field in Minnesota for Game 3 of the series.

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