Gary Sanchez doesn’t have a ton of hits this season, but he’s made the ones he has count.
As the DH Wednesday night, Sanchez snapped an 0-for-19 skid with a two-run single in the fifth which gave the Yankees a one-run lead after Houston had scored twice in the top half. The Yanks went on to win 5-3 as Sanchez recorded his first RBI since May 19.
Sanchez beat a shift stacked to the left side of the infield, going the other way with an outside pitch which went through the vacated hole between first and second base.
“It’s obvious I don’t hit a lot of ground balls to second base, so when they shift it works against me,” Sanchez said through an interpreter. “But in that opportunity I was able to put the ball in play and put a ground ball there. Don’t get many of those. Usually if I go to that side it’s a fly ball.”
Sanchez had gone eight games without an RBI, the second-longest such stretch of his career. He has the second-most RBI on the team with 35 but is hitting .211.
“Well, it’s the nature of a 162-game season, especially when you’re up against great pitching, if you’re not locked in or feeling great, great pitching can expose you for a couple of days,” Aaron Boone said of Sanchez. “In a long run, he’s not gonna hit down there, he’ll get it going and take off at some point. He just hasn’t had that long stretch where he’s getting multiple hits all the time, which for a guy of his caliber, what his swing will lend itself to, those streaks will come for him. I think the biggest thing I take away is overall, he’s been really productive for us.”
Miguel Andujar said he was fine after Yuli Gurriel collided with him as he tried to make a play on a grounder at third. Gurriel was ruled out on the play and Andujar stayed in the game after being checked by a trainer. Andujar, who took some contact to the side of his head, was seen laughing at something Didi Gregorius said.
“He was asking me, what’s one plus one?” Andujar said. He answered correctly.
Luis Severino will start one of the two games the Yanks are scheduled to play Monday in Detroit, but a decision on the second starting pitcher hadn’t been made as of Wednesday afternoon. Boone said he’d “prefer” that it be a starter rather than piecing the game together with his current bullpen.