El walk-off. New York Yankees stud catcher Gary Sanchez smacks his first MLB walk-off home run to help his Bombers knock off the Minnesota Twins by the final of 4-3 at The Stadium.
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Another MLB first has been accomplished with one heavy swing of the bat.
Gary Sanchez has now smacked his very first career walk-off home run. He accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium on Thursday afternoon while leading his New York Yankees to the 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins and thus, completing the extremely impressive four-game sweep.
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More incredible than just a walk-off was the fact New York was down two runs. With two on, facing closer Fernando Rodney, El Gary severely turned on one for the incredible moment.
Trailing 3-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Aaron Hicks ignited the Bombers comeback bid with a sac-fly. Other than that and Sanchez’s heroics, there wasn’t much offense to speak of all afternoon.
The Yanks tallied just five hits in total. Giancarlo Stanton led the way in finishing 2-4 with two runs on the day.
Lefty Jordan Montgomery received the start and pitched average baseball. In pitching just five innings, the lefty relented two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six.
For Minny, starter Kyle Gibson took the ball and was flawless through five. He didn’t allow a single hit until Brett Gardner finally broke through in the sixth. Gibson finished the hard-luck no-decision man and with a brilliant line of no runs on one hit and three walks while striking out 10 in six innings pitched.
Ultimately, the day belonged to the Yankees young catcher who’s seemingly and unfairly been overshadowed by Stanton and Aaron Judge. On a slugging Yanks day, Gary Sanchez came through clutch.
Next up for the New York Yankees will be a three-game slate on the west coast against Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels.