New postseason, standard story for the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins.
DJ LeMahieu homered and drove in 4 runs, Gleyber Torres broke a tie with a two-run double and the Yankees prolonged their October mastery of Minnesota with a 10-Four victory Friday evening within the AL Division Sequence opener.
Aaron Decide made two diving catches in proper discipline because the AL East champions handed Minnesota its main league-record 14th consecutive playoff defeat — 11 of them to the Yankees since 2004. The second seize thwarted a possible rally and left grateful reliever Zack Britton with each arms on his head to finish the highest of the seventh, when the Twins have been nonetheless inside placing distance.
“Big,” Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone stated. “He is so good on the market.”
Brett Gardner additionally went deep for the Bronx Bombers in a playoff matchup between groups that completed neck-and-neck this season for probably the most residence runs in baseball historical past. Minnesota’s Bomba Squad socked 307, another than New York as each golf equipment blew away the earlier mark of 267 set by the Yankees final yr.
However within the 14th postseason assembly of 100-win groups, it was extra of the identical Yankees dominance in opposition to the Twins — though lots of Minnesota’s gamers and coaches weren’t round for many of it.
Minnesota, the AL Central champion for the primary time in 9 years, was harm by eight walks and hasn’t gained a playoff recreation since Johan Santana beat Corridor of Famer Mike Mussina 2-Zero within the 2004 Division Sequence opener at Yankee Stadium. Boston additionally misplaced 13 straight postseason video games, from 1986-95.
Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sanó homered for Minnesota.
“We had some good swings, we had our moments,” supervisor Rocco Baldelli stated after his first playoff recreation as bench boss. “Simply by likelihood, there was nobody on base once we popped a number of balls over the fence.”
Rookie reliever Zack Littell, a former Yankees farmhand who was traded to the Twins, took the loss after a quick and messy outing. With the rating tied within the fifth, he walked Decide, threw a wild pitch and plunked Gardner.
Giancarlo Stanton drew the second of his three essential walks to load the bases, citing the 22-year-old Torres. He fought again from 0-2 to a full rely in opposition to Tyler Duffey and pulled a pointy one-hopper that deflected off the glove of a diving Sanó behind third base, giving New York a 5-Three lead.
“Large time at-bat in opposition to a man who was actually robust on righties,” Boone stated. “That hit I feel actually obtained us rolling.
Sanó sliced a solo homer within the sixth off winner Tommy Kahnle, who retired cleanup batter Eddie Rosario with two on to finish the fifth.
LeMahieu launched his first postseason residence run within the sixth, and Gardner additionally hit a solo drive off rookie Cody Stashak, who was born in close by New Jersey and went to school at St. John’s in New York Metropolis.
LeMahieu, who dropped a simple popup at first base early within the recreation, made it 10-Four within the seventh when the leadoff man laced a three-run double off Kyle Gibson for his third hit. The three-time All-Star and 2016 NL batting champ clapped at second base as followers within the sellout crowd of 49,233 chanted “MVP! MVP!” for LeMahieu, who left Colorado to signal a $24 million, two-year contract with the Yankees as a free agent final offseason.
“That was like my worst nightmare, dropping a popup like that,” LeMahieu stated. “Simply flip the web page actual fast and prepare for the following alternative.”
New York was down 2-Zero earlier than scoring three runs within the third in opposition to starter José Berríos. Edwin Encarnación knocked in a single along with his second double of the evening, and two extra scored when the Twins have been unable to show a possible inning-ending double play on Torres with the bases loaded.
With the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Stanton bearing down on him with a tough, clear slide immediately into the bag, rookie second baseman Luis Arráez relayed low and broad to first. C.J. Cron reached for the throw and will have caught it, however the ball obtained previous him and he was charged with an error that allowed two runs to attain.
Polanco hit a tying single on the ninth pitch of his at-bat with two outs within the fifth to chase Yankees starter James Paxton from his postseason debut.
It took all of two batters and 9 pitches for somebody to hit a house run, when Polanco took Paxton deep. Cruz cleared the quick proper discipline porch along with his 17th postseason homer within the third to make it 2-0.
Twins: Arráez returned to the lineup after spraining his proper ankle final weekend. The 22-year-old batted .334 with an .838 OPS in 92 video games, bumping Jonathan Schoop and his 23 homers to the bench. Arráez had a tricky evening on protection and on the plate, grounding into an inning-ending double play with two on within the second and stranding the potential tying run in scoring place within the sixth. He doubled and scored within the fifth. … CF Max Kepler batted sixth. He began simply two of the earlier 19 video games due to a strained left shoulder.
Yankees: Again from a strained left indirect, Encarnación batted cleanup and lined a double on the primary aggressive pitch he noticed since Sept. 12.
Twins: In an sudden transfer, Baldelli introduced after the sport that rookie RHP Randy Dobnak (2-1, 1.59 ERA) will begin Recreation 2, with RHP Jake Odorizzi (15-7, 3.51) tabbed for Recreation 3. Dobnak made his main league debut in August and was sensational in September. It is going to be his first look since getting married final Saturday. The couple set the date greater than two years in the past, by no means contemplating Dobnak would possibly nonetheless be taking part in via a giant league season.
Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-9, 4.45 ERA) makes his sixth postseason begin Saturday, seeking to enhance a 3-2 file and spectacular 1.50 ERA. He’s 5-Zero with a 2.27 ERA in 5 profession outings in opposition to Minnesota. Tanaka struggled along with his signature pitch earlier this yr however believes he is obtained the grip once more. “I really feel like in direction of the tip of the season, I used to be in a position to actually discover that good splitter and get that again,” he stated via a translator. “I feel I am fairly assured within the splitter that I’ve proper now.”
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