Yankees says bring on Indians after topping Twins, 8-4
- Author: Julie Sanders Oct 04, 2017,
Oct 04, 2017, 15:24
NY turned to Luis Severino, but he recorded just one out in his playoff debut. Again, they lost three straight, including games that lasted 12 and 11 innings.
Brett Gardner clubbed a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning.
NY quickly broke the deadlock in the bottom of the third when Sanchez doubled and scored standing up on a sharp base hit to right by Bird.
And with a nod to the retired Yankee numbers painted above left field bleachers, Judge said, "This is where they made a name for themselves, in the postseason".
Both teams, however, exceeded expectations over the last 162 games, and they've got a chance to reach the ALDS with just one victory.
Severino blossomed this season, gaining status at the Yankees' unquestioned ace.
Severino got some help from Todd Frazier with a nice diving catch of a foul ball off of Joe Mauer's bat, but then he walked Jorge Polanco. Rosario hit a line-drive home run to right-field, stretching Minnesota's lead to 3-0. The 34-year-old finished the regular season with three straight road starts, including a tough loss at Yankee Stadium on September 18 in which he allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Santana departed after the second inning, having given up four runs, three hits and two walks on 64 pitches. Playing two games in homer-happy Yankee Stadium, the breakout star could realistically out-homer the Indians in the series himself. Robertson went 3.1 innings, allowing three hits, a walk and striking out five.
The victor of tonight's game will travel to Cleveland for a seven-game series against the defending American League champs.
The opening game of the Major League Baseball postseason is live on BT Sport/ESPN with coverage starting at midnight with the match scheduled to begin at 1:00am.
Wearing an "OCTOBER READY" workout T-shirt, Sanchez said that the young Yankees will "focus on being ready and have fun", trying their best to treat it as Game 163 of the season.
Minnesota, the first team to rebound from a 100-loss season and make the playoffs the following year, have been eliminated by the Yankees in five of their past six post-season appearances and have not won a playoff series since 2002.
"We're just going to try to treat it like we have the whole season coming here", Aaron Judge said.
Buxton was replaced in center field during the fourth inning because of tightness in his back. Minnesota starter Ervin Santana settled down and finished the inning. Kahnle pitched 2.1 hitless innings before giving way to Aroldis Chapman, who pitched the ninth. After Buxton stole second, Robertson struck out Juan Castro to strand runners on second and third.
"To me, I feel good about going in", he said.