Gary Sanchez powers Yankees to win with two homers in Game 2

Mae Harvey
October 9, 2018

Signed to a seven-year, $217 million contract before the 2016 season - which made him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball - he has alternated between brilliant and very bad, with most of the latter instances coming in his biggest starts.

Sanchez later broke the game open in the seventh with a three-run, 479-foot homer off Eduardo Rodriguez as the Yankees mashed their way to a 6-2 victory in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox. Sanchez had three multihomer games in the regular season, none after May 19. After the 6-2 loss in Game 2, Price now has an 0-9 record with a 6.03 ERA in 10 career postseason starts. 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. Luis Severino is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees against Rick Porcello or Nathan Eovaldi.

The bombing began nearly from the outset.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora says he made the decision because Porcello pitched two-thirds of an inning of relief in Friday's opener and he wanted to give him an extra day of rest.

In their long and storied histories as iconic franchises in Major League Baseball, the Yankees and Red Sox have squared off against each other 2,215 times. David Price still is the wild card for the Boston Red Sox World Series hopes.

Cora's rather simplistic handicapping of his team's chances to win the series was as elementary as it comes.

"Gary has a ton of talent, and he's a guy we never stopped believing in", said Yankees centerfielder Brett Gardner. According to Statcast, it was the longest measured home run ever at the historic venue. Both the Judge and Sanchez homers came on 91-mph fastballs, a couple of ticks below Price's 93-mph average this season. The six-pack ties Jose Bautista for the most any batter has hit off of the 33-year-old starter.

Xander Bogaerts hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. As the two rivals split the opening pair of games in Boston, the series now moves to NY. Gleyber Torres finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. "I saw he mentioned something to get back in the box, but you know things like that will happen in a game".

"This fan base I feel like absolutely connected with kind of this new generation of Yankee player, this young corps that has developed", Boone said.

Yankees players were ready for familiar sounds when the series resume. At Fenway Park, however, he is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA.

For the Red Sox to salvage this game, their beleaguered bullpen would have to keep the Yankees' offense at bay, and their own lineup would need to chip away at what was then a three-run deficit against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka and the army of flamethrowing relievers they had in reserve. Perhaps revealingly, it was right here at Fenway.

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