Gary Sánchez started his crazy season with a Clutch Homer and an even more important sacrificial fly, DJ LeMahieu fired the starting gun and the Yankees took their American League Wild Card Series on Wednesday at Progressive Field with a 10-9 win over the Indians. The Yankees are on board one
The Yankees will make a fortunate flight to meet the Rays on the west coast after Sánchez lifted a playful sacrificial fly in the ninth inning and LeMahieu ̵
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Sánchez’s homer in the sixth inning had counted the Americans, but Jonathan Loaisiga gave Jordan Luplow a deciding double with two runs in the seventh game, and Aroldis Chapman gave the starting shot for Cesar Hernandez in the eighth game.
After a 12-3 win in Game 1 on Tuesday, the Yankees were down early to watch Cleveland score their first four-point goal against right-handed Masahiro Tanaka with a rain delay of 33 minutes. But New York struck back.
Giancarlo Stanton started a homer in the second inning and the bombers chased Carlos Carrasco with a triple and two walks in the fourth. Gio Urshela greeted flamethrower James Karinchak with a Grand Slam and joined Gil McDougald (1951) and Tino Martinez (1998) as the only Yankees to complete a postseason Grand Slam.
Stanton raised a sacrificial fly in the fifth to extend the lead, but that didn’t last. Cleveland placed two runners on board to hunt down Tanaka, who was wondering if he will play his final games in a Yankees uniform, and AL MVP contestant José Ramirez greeted Chad Green with a double in two runs.
The hard-fought Sánchez, who finished ninth for the first time in his career, met a wind-assisted Homer with two runs ahead of Triston McKenzie and briefly put the Americans back on top. Cleveland responded with Luplow’s big hit against Loaisiga in their own half.
Bryan Hoch has been reporting on the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook.