Caleb Smith allowed the go-ahead RBI single to Eduardo Escobar in the eighth inning in his MLB debut as the New York Yankees lost to the Minnesota Twins, 4-2, on Monday at Target Field. >> Box score
After the Yankees wasted Clint Frazier's leadoff double in the top of the eighth inning, Smith (0-1) allowed back-to-back singles to begin the bottom of the eighth. After a strikeout, the pinch hitter Escobar drove in Joe Mauer to break a 2-2 tie. Eddie Rosario followed with his second RBI double of the game to make it 4-2.
Frazier went 2-for-4 with two doubles, but was left stranded on third base when Didi Gregorius bunted to the catcher with runners on the corners and two outs as Twins reliever Taylor Rogers (5-1) escaped the jam.
After the Yankees trailed 2-0 on Rosario's second-inning RBI double and a Bryan Mitchell error, Austin Romine made it 2-1 with an RBI double in the fifth inning and Garrett Cooper, who went 3-for-4, hit a game-tying RBI double in the seventh.
Mitchell allowed two runs (one earned), six hits and two walks in five innings, while Adalberto Mejia allowed one run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Twins.
The Yankees had a multitude of chances to score more than two runs tonight, but could not get the ball to drop when they needed it. For the second straight game, the Yankees failed miserably with runners in scoring position, going 2-for-11 in those situations.
Despite the Yankees' loss, there were some good displays within it. Frazier continues to impress with two more doubles, both aided by his hustle. The recently-acquired first baseman Cooper notched three hits, including two doubles of his own.
Smith made his MLB debut and looked great in his first two innings. However, he was brought out for a third inning when it might have been better for the Yankees to use a bonafide late-inning reliever such as Adam Warren, considering wins are at a premium these days.
Luis Cessa (0-3, 4.18 ERA) starts for the Yankees in the second game of the series, while Bartolo Colon (2-8, 8.14 ERA) makes his first start in the majors since June 28 in his Twins debut.