Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has horrifically historical appearance against Twins
The New York Yankees looked poised to sweep the Minnesota Twins on Thursday evening. It was nothing new, as the Bronx Bombers have dominated Minnesota for well over a decade now. With a 7-5 lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning, on came Aroldis Chapman who has been lights out this year. This time, however, the lights got turned out on him.
It’s one thing to have a blown save. It happens to the best of them, including the Yankees closer, Chapman. It’s another thing to have a blown save that is historically bad and that’s what happened in this case.
Via Katie Sharp of StatHead, what the Yankees’ flamethrower did in defeat had not happened before in the franchise’s history.
Aroldis Chapman is the 1st Yankee ever in a Blown Save to:
✅ get 0 outs
✅ allow 4+ runs
✅ allow 2+ HR
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) June 11, 2021
Not exactly the part of the record book anyone wants to be associated with. If that wasn’t enough, the two home runs (one by Josh Donaldson, one by Nelson Cruz) Chapman yielded were the longest of his career given up in the Statcast era.
Nelson Cruz's 457-foot walk-off HR + Josh Donaldson's 438-foot game-tying dinger = The two longest HRs Aroldis Chapman has allowed under Statcast tracking.
— Matt Kelly (@mattkellyMLB) June 11, 2021
To put how mind-boggling this performance was into perspective, Chapman had given up one earned one in 23 innings of work for the Yankees this season entering play on Thursday. Then he gave up four more on less than 10 pitches. Here’s how it looked:
Josh Donaldson tied it. Nelson Cruz ended it.
— MLB (@MLB) June 11, 2021
It has been a roller coaster ride of a season for the Yankees. Meanwhile, the Twins had lofty expectations entering the year but currently find themselves in the cellar of the AL Central.
Don’t get used to these kinds of performances from Chapman. He’s been one of the most dominant closers in baseball since he reached the big leagues, including for the Yankees.