Gary Sanchez hit 2 more HRs, becoming the fastest to 19 (it took him just 45 MLB games to hit his first 19 HR) and drove in five runs as the Yankees beat Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, 11-5.
He had help. Donovan Solano had 3 hits, drove in 2 runs and hit a HR.
Mason Williams had 2 hits and an RBI.
Brian McCann had 4 hits.
The Yanks won despite giving up five HRs to Tampa Bay, all solo shots. Unbelievably, four of the HRs came in one inning, and three were in a row. All HRs given up by Masahiro Tanaka. Outside of that inning, Tanaka was masterful, but ouch, what an ugly inning that was.
The Yanks got three right away in the first inning. Gardner singled, Ellsbury (back in the lineup after a few days off due to a bruised knee) walked, and Sanchez singled in a run. McCann singled to make it 2-0, and after a couple of outs, Ronald Torreyes singled to make it 3-0.
The Yanks got four in the second to go up 7-0. Solano and Gardner singled and both moved up on a groundout by Ellsbury. Sanchez then hit his first HR of the game (18) to make it 6-0. McCann singled, Teixeira doubled him to third, and McCann scored on a SF by Didi Gregorius.
Laugher, right? Wrong. In the bottom of the third, Tanaka gave up FOUR solo homers. Three of them were in a row with two out. Unbelievable.
I was once at a game where a Yankees pitcher gave up 4 homers in an inning. It was in Chicago vs. the White Sox in 2005. The Yanks’ pitcher? Randy Johnson.
Anyway, all of a sudden, it was 7-4. Take away that one inning, and Tanaka pitched five innings of shutout, 3-hit ball. But that one inning, hoo-boy.
Despite that meltdown inning, Tanaka still leads the AL in ERA at 3.07.
Sanchez’ second HR of the game (19) made it 8-4 in the sixth.
Adam Warren gave up a HR in the 8th to make it 8-5.
The Yanks got 3 insurance runs in the 9th. Gregorius singled, and moved up on a groundout. Williams (I like this kid, and think maybe Gardner could be trade bait for a starting pitcher in the offseason. With Eovaldi to be out until 2018, they will need one, unless a minor leaguer like Enns or Adams is ready) singled in a run, then Solano hit a 2-run HR to make it 11-5.
The win puts the Yanks at 79-72. 11 games to go. They are 2 1/2 out of the last wild card slot but need to jump over 4 teams to get it.
A sad note: former Yankees player Yangeris Solarte, now with the Padres, lost his wife recently to cancer. She was just 31.
Tanaka (w, 14-4, 3.07) 6 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 5 K. Gave up 4 HR.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.90 (Cubs/NYY)
Layne (H, 12) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.21 (Bos/NYY) One batter …. again.
Clippard (H, 24) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.20 (Az/NYY)
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.40.