The New York Yankees weren't heading into their third of four home games against the Minnesota Twins with tons of momentum or positive vibes. Not only has the pitching been thoroughly ground into mincemeat, but Domingo German and his bloated ERA were scheduled to take the ball for the Yanks against Tyler Mahle.
Through three innings, German was in cruise control. German set down all nine batters he faced, striking out six in the process. He was pitching well, using his trademark sharp curveball to great effect in the early going. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli seems to think that he was perhaps pitching a bit too well.
There was a lengthy delay before the fourth inning started, as German was being looked at by the umpires, likely in an attempt to check for foreign substances. When he received the all-clear to return to the game, Baldelli lost his marbles.
Baldelli was ejected from the game following an animated rant directed at the umpires. German pitching as well as he had been was certainly surprising, so much so that Baldelli was beside himself when the substance check came back clear.
Twins' Rocco Baldelli ejected after complaining about Yankees' Domingo German.
German had a 5.87 ERA coming into this game. His command had been off, as he walked five batters in eight innings after handing out just 19 free passes last year. The Twins are getting his very best stuff, and it has been too nasty for Baldelli to handle.
The Yankees have just two hits to this point off of Mahle, but they have both been seismic. Kyle Higashioka got the scoring started with a two-run blast into the Yankee bullpen, while Anthony Rizzo helped out German with a solo blast of his own.
We're as shocked as anyone that German has been dealing like this, but Baldelli may not have a leg to stand on in this argument.