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The Pinstripe Post; What A Game! THEEEEEE YANKEEEEEES WINNNN!!!!!

What a game!!! As Didi always tweets after Yankees victories. What a crazy, unpredictable, come from behind team effort as the Yanks beat the Minnesota Twins 8-4 to advance to the ALDS vs Cleveland.

The ace of the team, Luis Severino, in his first ever post season start, faltered badly as he was removed after only 1/3 inning, with two home runs given up and the score 3-0 with two runners on. It’s not what you want, as Joe Girardi often says. Going to the pen in the top of the first with a threat remaining in a winner-take-all game is not the situation you want to be in.

Enter usual sixth or seventh inning reliever, Chad Green, who has been lights out this season. He got two needed strike outs to limit the damage at 3 runs and get out of the first.

Yankees turn. Brett Gardner gave the quieted crowd at Yankee Stadium a glimmer of hope as he drew a base on balls. Next up, Judge hit a bloop single to get on base. With two men on, Didi Gregorius came up to the plate and electrified the fans with exactly what they were looking for with a blast to right field that cleared the fences and the bases and tied the game at 3 a piece.

It was only the top of the second inning though. Lots of baseball to be played. Green threw a scoreless second inning, but began to tire in the third. He was removed with bases juiced and only one out for another late inning reliever, David Robertson. Could DRob provide the length needed and get out of the bases loaded jam?

The answer was a resounding yes. DRob provided 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, throwing a career high 52 pitches. His previous high was 45 in his rookie year of 2008. He walked 1, and struck out 5. After the game he said, “I just wanted to do everything I could to help our team win. Especially after a tough first half of the first inning, we were very resilient. The line-up came together, put 3 runs back up and evened the score, and the rest of the game was just a grind. And I feel like everyone was on board and nobody wanted our season to end tonight.”

One scary moment came in the 6th inning when catcher Gary Sanchez took a ball to the groin thrown by DRob. Sanchez remained in the game but Robertson’s reaction was a funny moment.

Next in was Tommy Kahnle, who along with Robertson was acquired at the trade deadline this season. Kahnle threw his second longest outing of his career, 2 1/3 innings, giving up no runs.

Aroldis Chapman closed it out by throwing the ninth frame, reaching a high smoking 103.7 mph pitch.

Further offense was provided by AL Rookie of the Year shoe-in, Aaron Judge, hitting a home run to become the first Yankee rookie to do so in the post season since Matsui in 2003, as did Brett Gardner, Greg Bird with a RBI and Aaron Hicks walking with the bases loaded.

This team doesn’t give up. It would have been very easy to concede loss in the first inning given the situation. But as DRob said, no one was willing to have their season end. On to Cleveland. And if the games there are half as exciting as the one to get them there, we are in for thrilling baseball! What a game! What a team!

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