On this 12 months of the homer, Aaron Decide began his postseason by displaying off his glove.
Decide additionally reached base thrice and scored twice — nevertheless it was the 2 diving catches he made in proper area that made the largest distinction within the Yankees’ 10-Four win over the Twins in Recreation 1 of the ALDS in The Bronx.
He made his first highlight-reel play with one out within the prime of the third, robbing Jorge Polanco of a flare single. Nelson Cruz adopted with a homer that was much less damaging as a result of nobody was on base.
However Decide’s most vital play got here within the prime of the seventh. With Polanco on first and two out, Zack Britton gave up a liner to proper Eddie Rosario.
Decide ran towards the right-field line and made an impressive catch, laying out to document the ultimate out and defend a three-run lead.
“That is the postseason,” Decide stated. “You’ve obtained to make these performs.”
Aaron Boone is aware of how a lot Decide’s protection issues.
“He’s so good on the market,’’ Boone stated. “Clearly, two nice performs the place he lays out for balls. You see the opposite issues he does so properly simply basically sound, simply getting behind balls to get himself into place to make throws.”
“The work he places on the market, he all the time appears to be in the appropriate spot,” Brett Gardner stated of Decide’s protection. “He’s a difference-maker.”
Boone admitted to being anxious seeing Decide crashing into the bottom, contemplating he banged up his proper shoulder on Sept. 18 making an attempt to make a diving catch much like the one he made on Polanco. It restricted Decide within the area for a number of video games earlier than he completed the season properly, with three homers in his last seven video games.
“I stepped up on the highest step, however I felt like I noticed it fairly properly and stored it on the chest,’’ Boone stated of Friday’s play. “I felt like we have been OK with that one.”
On Thursday, Decide stated: “It creeps into your thoughts if you first dive and type of jar issues up.”
On the plate, the Yankees obtained homers from DJ LeMahieu and Brett Gardner, who continued their stellar years with large blows, however Decide made his presence felt.
He adopted LeMahieu’s leadoff hit by ripping a single to middle within the third. After Gardner lined out to proper, Edwin Encarnacion doubled to left to attain LeMahieu and Decide and Encarnacion got here round when the Twins flubbed a surefire double play ball hit by Gleyber Torres.
Decide additionally led off the fifth with a stroll and scored on Torres’ two-run double that gave the Yankees the lead for the primary time of the evening.
“I felt each at-bat he had tonight he was throughout every part,” Boone stated. “Simply what would possibly get misplaced in that 10-run sport is the 2 large defensive performs that he made out in proper.”