If we’re being honest, the Minnesota Twins don’t belong on the same field as this version of the New York Yankees.
Like any good team would, the Yankees asserted their dominance by winning the first two games of the series by a combined 10 runs and entered Saturday’s contest with a chance to extend their winning streak to nine games.
If that wasn’t enough of a reason to tune in, surely Gerrit Cole’s showdown with wanna-be tough guy Josh Donaldson would do the trick.
For a game lacking in the action department over the first four innings, Cole’s battles with Donaldson didn’t disappoint.
The Yankees ace fanned Donaldson in each of his first two at-bats, with the second coming in a two-out, based loaded jam in the top of the fifth.
Like he did in his first AB, the Twins slugger complained about the strike three call…even though it clearly caught the bottom of the zone.
Josh Donaldson crying about correct strike calls is peak comedy.
The matchups against Donaldson have a little extra meaning for Cole after the former AL MVP attempted to make him the face of MLB’s sticky stuff crackdown earlier in the season.
Since then, Cole has gotten the perfect kind of revenge on Donaldson — not by beaning him in the ribs with a 99 MPH fastball, but by making a fool of him in momentum-shifting at-bats.
With their beef a few months old at this point in the season, Cole unfortunately refrained from staring Donaldson down while he was crying to the home plate umpire.
For those who missed Donaldson’s first at-bat, it was almost a carbon copy of the second, though he didn’t leave three ducks on the pond. However, Cole still left him befuddled on a perfectly-placed fastball on the outside of the zone.
Cole’s been painting his fastball all afternoon and saved two of his best for Donaldson. If you think that’s a coincidence, you clearly haven’t been paying attention this season.
Can we even call it a rivalry at this point? The Yankees right-hander has Donaldson so out of rhythm in the batter’s box that he’s completely forgotten what qualifies as a strike. That, or he feels like blaming the umps for his own gaffe.
Either way, Donaldson has looked like a cry baby multiple times on national television, and that’s more than enough to satisfy our baseball appetites.