Gary Sanchez Brings the House Down With Titanic 3-Run Homer

Ross Houston
October 8, 2018

Thanks to a pair of towering Sanchez homers - one that landed in the seats atop Fenway Park's Green Monster and another that cleared it, tracked at an estimated 479 feet - the Yankees beat their rival Boston Red Sox 6-2 on Saturday night, evening the American League Division Series at 1-1.

"I definitely did not know that". I know my struggle, and I know what it was that wasn't working that time. "And I have confidence in myself". A video of the moment circulated on the web, and Dustin Pedroia mentioned it to Sox manager Alex Cora.

Xander Bogaerts answered for the Red Sox with a solo homer in the fourth.

With his two-home run night, Sanchez joined Yogi Berra as the only other Yankees catcher to hit multiple homers in a playoff game. But, against the Yankees and on the postseason stage, Price's mental toughness is what got him yanked more than his physical ability and talent.

Asked about what he's learned about facing the Red Sox so many times, Severino wouldn't provide much information.

"I've never been a part of an atmosphere like that, the way the fans - they're out there on the field with you. But I can tell you it's an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as him, a legend of baseball", Sanchez said.

We are only two games into the postseason for one of the winningest teams in recent baseball history and already the Red Sox' playoff plans are on shaky ground.

But Sanchez smashed a three-run homer out of the ballpark off Red Sox reliever Eduardo Rodriguez in the seventh for his first multi-homer game since May 19 to give the Yankees a 6-1 advantage.

Heading back to the Bronx with staff ace Luis Severino scheduled to take the hill in Game 3 is the ideal situation for a Yankee team that showed they are unafraid as to what the AL East champion Red Sox have to offer.

He has larger expectations for Monday.

"Trying to keep the ball in the ballpark - try and get quick outs, try not to let the crowd get too insane and get behind them and get them going", he said.

".it could be three, could be four, could be - but I'm still open to it being eight innings", Boone said. We know he's going to be throwing hard and he's going to mix it up.

Severino's home-road splits have been fairly significant this season.

NY is 19-9 in the postseason at new Yankee Stadium, where boisterous Bronx crowds try to intimidate. He offered one suggestion for his success at home.

"Maybe my wife cooks better food here", he said. "I don't know. I'm not sure", he said. The Yankees, he said, "make it tough for me, and knowing that, you have to go out there and execute pitches in big spots".

If there is a pocket in the lineup that doesn't involve Gary Sanchez, this could absolutely be a scenario. He has held batters to a.228 batting average and recorded a 3.00 ERA in 81 innings with Sanchez, while his ERA is 3.65 and opponents' batting average.250 with Austin Romine catching. While Mastrodonato argues that the Red Sox should think about shifting Price to a relief role for the rest of the postseason, the team's not considering it. Price is "one of our starters", said Cora, who added that he simply had a "bad outing" in Game 2. "He's been able to do that so far in the postseason, limiting the mistakes".

Severino and Eovaldi both averaged 97 miles per hour with their fastball this season.

The All-Star outfielder was making noise for what he did after the game, too. "So that ended up affecting the Cy Young-type of season that he was having and affecting his performance when they needed him the most".

Well, you probably should prepare yourselves to see him again - and really soon.

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