The New York Yankees go yard, defeat Minnesota Twins in American League Wild Card playoff.
Even after the Minnesota Twins had a huge top of the first, knocking Cy Young Award candidate Luis Severino out of the game after getting just a single out, they were still defeated by the power of the New York Yankees bats and bullpen.
The top of the first was a long half-inning but it was likely much longer to one man than to the rest of us, Severino.
Severino allowed a leadoff home run to the Twins’ Brian Dozier, a walk to Jorge Polanco, a single by Eddie Rosario and a double by Max Kepler getting only Joe Mauer to pop-out and giving the Twins a 3-0 lead to start off the 2017 AL Wild Card one-game playoff, before being replaced by reliever Chad Green who struck out both Byron Buxton and Jason Castro to end the inning.
At this point it appeared that the Twins were in total control and the Yankees had yet to even bat, but that was more than enough inspiration the “Baby Bombers” needed to settle the score in the bottom of the first.
Santana made it through second inning after allowing a home run to Brett Gardner who made it 4-3 Yankees before being replaced by 23-year-old Jose Berrios.
Green who didn’t even make it through the third inning before allowing a single and two walks that turned into a run for the Twins with David Robertson on the mound.
But that would be the last time the Twins would score Tuesday night in the Bronx with the Yankees stellar bullpen coming to the rescue and their offense stepping it up a notch as they usually do, seemingly always dominant, regardless of who is playing for the team.
As it turns out this latest group of Yankees are a bit better than even I thought. Rookie sensation and new American League rookie home run record leader, Judge, hit a two run shot off of Berrios that set the Yankees up for their eventual 8-4 win.
Robertson got the win but the combination of him, Green, Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman allowed the Twins just one walk, four hits and one run (attributed to Green) as their offense sealed the deal with their eighth run in the seventh inning.
The Yankees will move on to Cleveland next to play the Indians while the Boston Red Sox will take on the Astros in Houston for the American League Division Series.
Next up: Rockies at Diamondbacks
Prior to the start of their the AL Division Series and the National League Division Series however, the Colorado Rockies will travel to Arizona on Wednesday to take on the Diamondbacks in the National League one-game Wild Card elimination playoff.
The Dbacks are the favorites with pitcher Zack Greinke on the mound and hitters like Paul Goldschmidt and mid-season acquisition J.D. Martinez but don’t count the Rockies out just yet. Gold Glove Award winner and slugger Nolan Arenado and company won’t go away too easily.