Power surge lifts Yankees past Twins in AL Wild Card Game


"That's the one thing (about) playing in NY".

Then the Yankees got their turn at bat.

The New York Yankees prevailed in Tuesday's American League (AL) wildcard clash, overcoming the Minnesota Twins 8-4. The Twins authored one of the great turnarounds in baseball history by going from 59 victories in 2016 to 85 this year, but must overcome the pressure of past postseason failures, having lost 12 straight playoff games and 19 of their last 21 dating to the 2002 ALCS. NY has won 20 of their last 28 games going into the postseason while the Twins are trending in the opposite direction, losing three of their last five games and eight of their last 16 overall.

And the Twins have had a torrid record against NY both in the regular season and the playoffs dating back to 2003.

Same old song Tuesday night. Eastern time. It's a matchup that most fans and reporters never saw coming. Robertson has a 4-0 record in 20 relief appearances in the playoffs. They are ready to go back to work.

"I was nervous before the game, but after the first pitch was thrown it's still the same ballgame, " Judge said after his two-hit, three-run, two-RBI night, becoming only the third Yankees rookie to homer in his postseason debut, joining Shane Spencer (1998) and Elston Howard (1955).

While the Yankees' bats helped overcome an early 3-0 deficit after a horrific start from pitcher Luis Severino, their bullpen was pristine despite working 8.2 innings as they allowed just one run on five hits. Buxton hit into a run-scoring forceout before Robertson struck out Castro, and the Yankees went ahead for good in the bottom half when Gary Sanchez doubled off Berrios leading off and scored on Greg Bird's two-out single. That also ended up being the game that NY won 11-3.

"It's letting the guys know it's the same game, we're prepared", Ellsbury said of his advice to the kids.

According to Statcast, Gardner's drive to the second deck was the longest home run of the game.

The Yankees finished the regular season winning 20 of their last 28 games - pretty good, but not as good as the Indians' 33-4 sprint to the finish line. He gave up a home run to Twins leadoff man Brian Dozier and followed that up two batters later by allowing a two-run homer to Eddie Rosario.

He tracked Todd Frazier's deep fly ball and made a leaping grab, slamming back-first into the wall before tumbling to the ground.

However, Santana then wilted in the bottom of the inning. Bryce Harper was 3-for-23 against the Cardinals when the Nationals went down in five games in the 2012 NLDS.