The Minnesota Twins got off to a fast start in Monday’s opener with the New York Yankees as they turned a triple play in the top of the first inning.
The Minnesota Twins kicked off a big series against the New York Yankees on Monday night and things would get off to a great start for the home team when starter Martin Perez initiated the 13th triple play in franchise history. The triple play was also the first for the Twins since they accomplished the feat on June 1, 2017 in a game against the Los Angeles Angels.
The feat would come in the top of the first inning as Perez began to trudge through his first two at-bats. After issuing walks to D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge, Perez had to deal with the power of Edwin Encarnacion. After battling with the Yankees’ first baseman in a 2-2 count, Encarnacion would ground to Luis Arraez at third base to begin the triple killing.
After getting the force play at third, he would chuck the ball to Jonathan Schoop. Schoop would then beat Encarnacion with the throw to first baseman Miguel Sano to hand the Yankees a sudden end to their first-inning rally.
The Twins would continue the good vibes in the bottom half of the first inning when Jorge Polanco would hit his 14th home run of the season. Two batters later, Nelson Cruz would hit his 20th home run of the year to give the Twins an early 2-0 lead.
Although it’s early in the game, the Twins certainly got their three-game series with New York off to a great start as they look to challenge for the best record in the American League.