Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yankees' Mistakes Prove Costly

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yankees' Mistakes Prove Costly

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MINNEAPOLIS - For a while, the Yankees rookies seemed to be paving a route to victory at Target Field.

Garrett Cooper's RBI double, and lefty Caleb Smith's early work in his big-league debut offered hope against the Twins, but the Yanks couldn't recover from wasted opportunities and a huge Bryan Mitchell error.

In the eighth, pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar's RBI single off Smith broke the tie, propelling Minnesota to a 4-2 win before 27,566 fans.

Earlier in the game, Aaron Judge had a big assist in right field, completing a big double play. But one batter later, Mitchell - making his first start of the year - dropped what should have been the inning's final out, leading to a run.

Judge went 0-for-3 with a walk and is now 1-for-21 since the All-Star break.

Elevated to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, fellow rookie Clint Frazier was twice stranded after hustling, leadoff doubles in the sixth and eighth innings.

Judge sent Frazier to third base on deep liner to center, but shortstop Ehire Adrianza's sprawling play on Matt Holliday's smash - with the infield in - prevented a run.

And in the eighth, Judge was intentionally walked after Frazier's double, setting it up for Holliday to ground into a rally-killing double play.

The bottom of the order produced the Yankees' two runs, starting with back-to-back, two-out doubles by Cooper and Austin Romine (RBI) to cut the Twins lead to 2-1 in the fifth.

Chase Headley's 20th double of the year came with one out in the seventh, and Cooper followed by lashing a hanging breaking pitch for a game-tying RBI double.

As it turned out, Mitchell's third inning misplay had cost the Yankees dearly.

After loading the bases with none out, Miguel Sano lashed a rocket to right field, caught by Judge. Tagging from third base, Brian Dozier was gunned down by Judge's perfect one-hop throw to complete the double play.

Romine made a terrific tag at the plate of Dozier, who tried to slip his left hand across. …

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