The Yanks (68-57) weren’t able to pick up ground on the AL East leading Red Sox tonight, but at this point, they need to make sure they make the playoffs and have the wild card game at home.
They accomplished that feat tonight, whipping Detroit 10-2.
The “Kraken”, Gary Sanchez, is hot. He hit a HR in the first inning (26) to put the Yanks up 1-0. The Yankees’ single season HR by a catcher is 30, shared by Yogi & Jorge. Now of the 26, 2 were at DH, and 1 as 1B, leaving 23 as C. We’ll see if Gary can break that.
The Yanks broke it open in the third, scoring five runs. Ellsbury & Torreyes singled. Gardner’s flyout moved both runners up. Hicks walked to load the bases and Sanchez singled in two. Judge doubled in another to make it 4-0. Didi singled one in, 5-0, and Headley hit a SF, 6-0. Game over.
Didi Gregorius’ 19th HR of the season made it 7-0 in the fifth.
Ronald Torreyes hit a bases-loaded hit in the sixth to make it 8-0. Torreyes was 4 for 4 with an RBI tonight. .299 for a utility backup IF.
Severino died off a bit in the sixth, giving up a HR, 8-1.
But Chase Headley hit a homer (8) in the top of the seventh, 9-1.
Aaron Hicks’ RBI single in the eighth made it 10-1, but Tommy Kahnle gave up a ninth-inning HR.
In that one game wild card playoff, who’d you want other than Severino?
Severino (W, 11-5, 3.10) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W 4 K. All outs by K. 2.19
Kahnle 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.10
Sanchez 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI.
Judge 2 hits, RBI.
Gregorius 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI
Headley 2 RBI, HR.
Torreyes 4 for 4, RBI.