Phew! Breathe Yankee fans last night’s game was crazy, but the Bombers were able to pull through in the end. The Twins took a big lead early in the game, but the Yanks were able to use their bullpen and their offense to win the game and advance in the playoffs. The Yanks will take on the Indians in the ALDS starting on Thursday night.
Yankee Stadium was rocking in pregame and everybody was on their feet for Luis Severino and the Yankees. The fans were looking for a Yankee win, but the wind was quickly taken out of them. Brian Dozier, who led off the game for the Twins, hit a home run off Severino to start the game. Yankee fans were becoming nervous and the Twins were gaining confidence.
The confidence for the Twins grew even more in the first inning when Eddie Rosario hit a two run home run to give the Twins a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Yankees panicked and pulled Severino from the game to bring in Chad Green to limit the damage in the first inning. Green struck out the first two batters he faced to keep the game at 3-0 in the top of the first inning.
The Yankee offense was coming to bat already down big and looking to score some runs in the first inning. Brett Gardner led off the game with a walk and Aaron Judge followed him by hitting a single to put runners on the corners. The Yankees were in prime position to get back one run in the bottom of the first to make this game closer, but Didi had other plans.
Didi hit a three run home run in the first inning to tie the game and get the crowd back in the game. The stadium was rocking and the Twins looked like they had lost all hope again. Gardner followed up in the second inning with a home run to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead.
The Twins were able to come back and tie the game, but that was all they were able to put up. The inning after the Twins tied the game, the Yankees came back and took the lead thanks to a RBI single by Greg Bird. Aaron Judge added to the lead by hitting a two run home run in the sixth inning and most fans knew that the Yankees had won this game.
Aroldis Chapman came into the game in the ninth inning to close the game and give the Yankees a 8-4 win over the Twins in the AL Wild Card game. The game was not pretty, but the Yankees were able to win their game thanks to their offense and especially their great bullpen.
Luis Severino was terrible in this game, he was pitching in his first playoff game ever and it looked like the nerves got to him at this big stage. The Yankees were lucky to have a great bullpen and used the bullpen for eight and a third innings to win this game.
Chad Green, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, and Aroldis Chapman pitched great in a high leverage situation and only gave up run after the first inning. The bullpen is a key for the Yanks in the playoffs and we will see how this game affects their performance in the next round.
The offense picked up the slack caused by the rotation and took over the game. Didi hit the home run in the first inning to install confidence into the pitchers and the rest of the team, while Judge’s home run provided big insurance to the bullpen. The offense will need to keep this pace and keep scoring a lot of runs in the next round against the Indians.
The Cleveland Indians are the best team in baseball, but the Yankees are not far behind. The series between these two teams is going to be great to watch, and it would not surprise me if it goes the distance. I will have a full preview on that series tomorrow, but today, the Yankee fans should celebrate a massive win last night.
The Yankees came back after I turned off the TV in the first inning, and as a result I have decided that I will not watch any of the Yankee games from here on out this season.