Another day, another Yankee victory. The Bronx Bombers continue their utter dominance over the Twins, taking the first two games in this four game series. With this win, the Yankees extend their win streak to four games, a feat that was accomplished for the first time this season.
CC Sabathia turned in a very solid performance tonight, while Gary Sanchez clubbed two homers off Minnesota pitching. Additionally, Didi and Judge (surprise, surprise) each joined the party with a home run of their own. The fact that they were able to score five runs off a very good pitcher in José Berríos is nothing short of encouraging.
After knocking Minnesota’s ace out of the game, the Yanks tacked on three additional runs off the Twin bullpen, adding up to a final score of 8-3.
The players who made their voice heard the most tonight include CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, and Aaron Judge.
CC picked up his first win on the young season tonight, hurling six strong innings without allowing an earned run. The veteran southpaw lowered his ERA to an impressive 1.86, looking more and more like the pitcher he was in the playoffs last season. The big fella must have been feeling good in his second start off the DL, turning in a final stat line of: 6.0IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 4K, 82 pitches, 53 strikes.
On the offensive side of the plate, Gary, Didi, and Judge all homered today, but Gary was extra scary as he hit two long balls in the ballgame.
You just can’t say enough about Sanchez lately, as he started off the season slow but really has picked it up over the past two weeks. Granted, a batting average of .208 is low, but he was able to string together a 2 homer, 3 RBI performance.
Next up, we have to talk about Sir Didi. Although the 2018 season is still young, the 28-year-old is fully entrenched in the MVP race as of today. Going 3-4 with 1HR and 3RBI, the emoji-tweeting, homer-hitting, canvas-painting shortstop is red-hot, leading the league in RBI with 27 so far this year.
Lastly, Aaron Judge once again made us feel sorry for the baseball, clubbing a line drive home run over the right field wall. Seven home runs to go along with a .341 bating average? Sounds good to me.
Gary Sanchez kicked off the home run party tonight, hitting his first off Jose Berrios in the second inning:
That sound off the bat… 😳
Gary Sanchez smacks a 373-foot laser to tie things up for the Yankees! pic.twitter.com/YOAtm0IPfo
Sweet home run, even sweeter bat flip:
The bat flip.
Didi Gregorius is OUT OF THIS WORLD. pic.twitter.com/bztHtnI1bv
Aaron Judge’s blast made this particular fan #ALLRISE and more:
Here’s one more homer from the Yankee catcher, almost classified as NSFW:
Full list of players in MLB history with 9+ multi-homer games in their first 196 career games:
1) Gary Sanchez
Gleyber Torres recorded his first, of hopefully many, runs batted in tonight. This game marked the third straight start for the highly-anticipated rookie, showing flashes of his potential in his first three big league games.