The Yankees will leave Minnesota with a sour taste in their mouths after getting two-hit by the Twins in a 3-1 loss Wednesday night. >> Box score
1) The Yankees' offense was ice cold against Jake Odorizzi, who carried a no-hit bid through 7.1 innings. Greg Bird finally broke the no-no with an RBI double that amounted to the Yanks' only offense of the night. Miguel Andujar singled in the top of the ninth for the second hit of the game, but otherwise, the Yankees just couldn't get anything going in this series finale.
2) Luis Severino didn't go long (5.2 innings), but he only allowed one run in the sixth inning as the only hiccup of his start. He also struck out five batters in what was a good turnaround performance following his shortest outing of the season against the A's last time out.
3) Giancarlo Stanton just can't seem to win these days. He went 0-for-3 with a walk despite hitting a bullet to right field in his final at-bat in the ninth. Entering tonight, Stanton had just four hits in his last 38 at-bats, and also hasn't hit a home run over that span.
4) With the A's beating the Orioles in Baltimore, the Yankees' first Wild Card spot has diminished to a one-game lead now.
Highlights from Monday's game
No team wants to stumble into the postseason, but that's exactly what we're seeing from the Yankees. And herein lies the problem with giving up games like they did last night: no one knows for sure what the next game brings.
For the Yankees, the next game ended up being one in which they were no-hit into the eighth inning. Despite receiving solid starting pitching from Severino, the Yankees managed just two hits and one run, and New York heads into an off-day Thursday with a one-game lead for the top Wild Card spot.
The Yankees are now 7-9 in their last 16 games, and parts of the club's remaining 16 games are not going to be easy with six games against the Red Sox and four against the Rays. The Yankees are in serious danger of losing that top spot as the Athletics have a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way.
The Yankees travel back home to face the Blue Jays in a three-game weekend set. It will be Masahiro Tanaka getting the ball first on Friday at 7:05 p.m.