The Minnesota Twins turned to their unlikeliest of sources to try and stop their 14-game postseason losing streak in former Uber driver-turned-starter Randy Dobnak in Saturday's Game 2.
Yet, Dobnak could not give them a, er, lift.
He lasted just two-plus innings, allowing six hits and charged with four earned runs in an 8-2 loss to put the Twins on the brink of elimination.
His poor performance was subject to heckling from the Bleacher Creatures at Yankee Stadium, who serenaded Dobnak with chants of "Uber."
The 24-year-old right-hander's journey to getting the start for Game 2 was well-documented leading up to the game. The Division II pitcher, who sports thick glasses and a Fu Manchu mustache, was never drafted. He was signed by the Twins out of a small independent baseball league two years ago. He spent the past winter and spring training making money as an Uber driver — boasting a near-perfect 4.99 rating, per his Twitter bio.
He even got married last week — setting a date at the end of September two years ago because he did not imagine being in this position.
“It’s been the greatest week of my life,” he told ESPN. “Got married, clinching the game and now a postseason start. I don’t think it’s going to get any better than this.”
Dobnak impressed in the minors and was called up to the majors in August where he posted a 1.59 ERA and 1.13 WHIP while striking out 23 batters in 28.1 innings pitched.
Yet, the reason manager Rocco Baldelli is opting for the novice over veteran Jake Odorizzi is Dobnak’s 52.9 percent groundball rate.
While Dobnak kept the ball in the park, Baldelli turned to his bullpen after Dobnak loaded the bases in the third inning of a 1-0 game for Tyler Duffey. Duffey allowed all three of Dobnak's runners to score before reloading the bases and allowing a grand slam to Didi Gregorius to put the Twins out of reach.
The Twins will now turn to Jake Odorizzi in Game 3 as they return to Target Field but face elimination.