Sanchez's career BABIP (batting average on balls in play) is a whopping.369 in August, but that drops massively to.230 in September/October, a decent indicator that Gary's actual production level is somewhere in the middle of that wide range. It just didn't happen Wednesday night.
This is the final game between the Yankees and Tigers in the 2017 season. It was his 26th home run, his fifth in his last six games and ninth in his last 14. The Yankees, in fact, scored more runs in two games against the Tigers (23) than they did in their previous five games. Put the game to bed early and cruise the rest of the way. Fulmer is coming off a bad experience after allowing just an unearned run over seven or more innings but losing the game to the Dodgers on Saturday.
Zimmermann pitched five innings, walked two and struck out none. The under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Matthew Boyd (5-7) surrendered seven runs and seven hits in 2⅓ innings.
Held back from getting into DeMuth's face, Romine spewed a few more expletives his way before angrily firing his mask into the Yankees dugout as the scaled down the steps toward the clubhouse.
In Wednesday's win, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley also homered, fantastic little man Ronald Torreyes was 4-for-4 and Aaron Judge contributed a single double and RBI in four at-bats.
The Tigers took a 6-3 lead, but the Yankees tied it with three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Now the Yanks have cemented the first American League Wild Card spot with a 3 1/2 games lead over the Twins. Sanchez's first-inning shot to left field traveled an estimated 493 feet, according to MLB's Statcast, the second-longest homer in the majors this season behind only a 495-foot blast by Judge.
Fulmer immediately shook his fingers after hitting Sanchez, indicating he might be hurt, and a trainer came to the mound to check on him.
When Severino's locating his fastball, that's a big problem for hitters because his heater usually comes in anywhere from 98 to 100 miles per hour. He is 0-1 with a 6.32 ERA since joining the Yankees, though he has given up three earned runs in each of his past two outings.
Aaron Hicks hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs. Sanchez's bases-loaded single brought home the first two runs.