This is the Gary Sanchez Yankee fans want and need to see. Not the .180 hitting imposter we have seen all year.
Sanchez homered, had two hits, and drove in four runs as the Yankees (97-60) beat Tampa Bay 9-2 on Tuesday night.
No passed balls by Sanchez, either.
Meanwhile, late in Seattle, the Mariners, down 8-5, scored two in the bottom of the eighth (thanks to two WP by Fernando Rodney. Stick that in your quiver, Rodney.), tied the game with two out in the ninth (thanks to an error), and PH Chris Herrmann hit a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 11th. Seattle 10, Oakland 8. The Yankees’ lead over Oakland is 2 1/2. The A’s loss also means that Houston now officially clinched the AL West. The A’s face the Yankees. There was a small chance the A’s could have caught Houston and that the Yanks might have to face the Astros next Wednesday night, either in NY or in Houston. Not so.
Meaning the Yankees’ magic # to host the wild card game against Oakland Wednesday October 3 is TWO. Any combination of Yankees’ wins and A’s losses equaling 2 and the Yanks host the wild card game.
The Yanks exploded for seven runs in the third inning. Adeiny Hechevarria led off the inning with his sixth HR of the year, second as a Yankee. Brett Gardner tripled and Andrew McCutchen walked.
Aaron Judge then hit a 108 MPH rocket right back at the mound that was caught by Rays’ P Jake Faria. If Faria didn’t catch that, and it would have hit him in the head, ….. you shudder to think…. a very scary moment. He was taken out after that .
So a new pitcher. Luke Voit doubles in a run. 2-0 Yanks. Giancarlo Stanton is intentionally walked to load the bases. Neil Walker walks to force in a run. 3-0. Miguel Andujar hits a SF. 4-0. Sanchez then put the icing on the cake with a 3-run HR (17) to make it 7-0.
Maybe the long inning affected Luis Severino for he wasn’t right in the bottom of the third, giving up two runs. A bad base running decision cost Tampa Bay another run and a chance for more. The Rays hit the ball hard that inning.
In the fifth, a Stanton double and RBI single by Sanchez made it 8-2 Yankees.
Miguel Andujar hit his 26th HR in the ninth for the final tally of 9-2 Yankees.
Andujar HR, 2 RBI
Sanchez HR, 4 RBI
The 3 HR give the Yanks 255 on the year. Nine behind the all-time single season record of 264 by the 1997 Seattle Mariners, with five games to go.
Severino (W, 19-8, 3.39) 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K.
Kahnle 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.45
Tarpley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.05
German 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 5.55
Yankees pitchers combined for a five-hitter, with 15 K.
Angels’ rookie P/DH Shohei Ohtani will be undergoing Tommy John surgery and will Not be able to pitch in 2019. He may be able to return to hit.
Lee Stange, a pitcher for the Twins (1961-1964), Indians (1964-1966), Red Sox (1966-1970) and White Sox (1970) from 1961-1970, died on Sept. 21, age 81. He was a member of the 1967 Red Sox which won the AL Pennant.
Stange was a spot starter/long reliever who was 62-61, 3.56 (ERA+ 103) in his MLB career, 125 starts, 234 relief appearances. He was 8-10, 2.77, ERA+ 127 for those 1967 Red Sox (24 starts, 11 relief appearances). He got into one WS game that year, giving up 1 unearned run in two innings pitched. As a hitter, he hit .079 in his career. His 162 g. average was 50 games, 18 starts. 9-9, 3.56.