I advocated dropping Gary Sanchez down in the lineup, it was done (to 6) and it worked as Sanchez hit a 460 foot home run and had three hits in the Yanks’ 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins Monday night.
Just like Masahiro Tanaka did a few nights earlier, J.A. Happ put in his bid to start the wild card game with a great performance.
Sanchez broke open a scoreless game with his HR (16) in the sixth. 1-0 Yanks.
The Yanks broke open a tight game with six runs in the seventh. McCutchen and Hicks walked, and Andujar doubled in both runs. 3-0. Stanton doubled in Andujar. 4-0. Gregorius doubled in Stanton, 5-0. Sanchez singled and Bird walked. Bases loaded, no one out. Gardner struck out, but McCutchen hit a SF, 6-0. Hicks walked to re-load the bases but Andujar lined out to end the inning.
The Twins got two in the bottom of the eighth.
Final 7-2 Yanks.
The win is the Yanks’ 90th of the season (90-54). They are 8 GB of Boston with 18 to go. The tragic # for Boston to win the AL East is 11. The magic # for the Yanks to win the top wild card spot is 16, and the magic # to make the playoffs as the second wild card team is 9. The Yanks lead the A’s by 3 games for the top wild card spot.
The Yanks drew 10 walks in the game.
McCutchen, RBI, 3 walks
Hicks 2 walks
Andujar 2 RBI
Sanchez 3 hits, solo HR.
Gardner 2 hits.
Happ is 6-0 as a Yankee.
Happ (16-6, 3.75 Tor/NYY) 6 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1 WP
Cessa 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W 2 K. 5.35 1 WP
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.15
SWB will host Game 1 of the International League (AAA) finals tonight, Tuesday evening vs. Durham.