With two games to spare, the Yankees locked up home-field advantage for the do-or-die Wild Card Game against the Oakland Athletics. A decisive 11-6 victory over rival Boston Friday night assured that the Bronx will see at least one more baseball game.
Home-field wasn’t the only thing accomplished during the game, however. In the 4th inning, Miguel Andujar hit his 44th double of the season. This tied him with Joe DiMaggio for the most doubles by a rookie in Yankees history. But that’s not all. Luke Voit, Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge’s home runs gives the Bombers 264 on the year. This ties them with the 1997 Seattle Mariners for the most homers in a single season. With two games to go, Andujar and the Yanks have a very good chance of breaking both records.
Aaron Boone has yet to name the Wild Card starter, but J.A. Happ made a strong case. He is undefeated in pinstripes, racking up seven wins in his 11 starts and pitching to a 2.69 ERA through 63.2 innings.
Whoever is on the bump, it all goes down in the Bronx on Wednesday 10/3 at 8:05 PM.