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Look out everyone, Gary Sanchez is starting to heat up! After a tough start to the season, Sanchez is now 10 for his last 34 at bats along with a .384 on base percentage.
Gary Sanchez hits his first career walk off home run, as the Yankees comeback and complete the sweep against the Twins. pic.twitter.com/amFG8IJkHx
— Bronx Bomber Ball (@BronxBomberBall) April 26, 2018
Surprisingly, it was the first time Sanchez has hit a walk off home run in the major leagues. The home run came in the bottom of the 9th inning with the Yankees trailing the Minnesota Twins 3-1.
The Yankees received good performances from their pitchers in this game. Jordan Montgomery started the game, lasting five innings while striking out six batters and allowing only two earned runs. Unfortunately for Mongtomery, he was at 98 pitches after the 5th, and had to turn the ball over to the bullpen. Domingo German came on in relief and tossed three innings of three strikeout, one run ball. Dellin Betances struck out all three batters he faced in a scoreless 9th inning, earning the victory.
Making Their Chances Count
The Yankees hitters struck out 12 times, and only managed to get three walks and five hits in the game. However, they were able to get base runners on when it mattered most. Giancarlo Stanton was 2 for 4 in the game and scored two of the four Yankee runs.
The Yankees have now won six in a row, and 8 of their last 10 games. Over that span, they have averaged nearly seven runs per game. With the series sweep, the Yankees pull one game ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays for control of the second Wild Card spot. The Los Angeles Angels hold a half game head over the Yankees for the top Wild Card position. The Boston Red Sox are now only four games ahead of the Yankees for the East Division lead.
The Yankees visit the Angels tomorrow at 10:07pm EDT for a three game series before heading to Houston. Luis Severino will face Andrew Heaney of the Angels in game one.