Twins chase Yankees' Luis Severino in the first inning
Oct 05 2017 by Dustin Murphy
The Cleveland Indians come into this series as the top seed in the American League with a 102-60 record and the American League Central division championship. The Yankees manager has had some problems managing his bullpen this season, but he was flawless with New York's season on the line.
The Yankees fell into a quick hole Tuesday, when Luis Severino was chased after recording only one out in the Twins' three-run first inning.
While Robertson was the pitcher of record, the Yankees scored three runs to take the lead, giving the right-hander his first postseason decision since 2012.
The AL Wild Card Game was a roller coaster for the New York Yankees but the Bronx Bombers managed to get past the Twins and into the ALDS. The one outlier in that stretch was a three-inning, three-run outing against Minnesota on September 20, when the 23-year-old was pulled following a 46-pitch third inning.
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Severino's command was obviously off, and he allowed two more hits - a single to Eduardo Escobar and a double to Max Kepler - before Girardi had seen enough.
Back in the playoffs with another homegrown group, the Twins got a result all too familiar to Minnesota fans - a celebratory Yankee Stadium singalong with Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York". "I want to be able go out there and help the team".
The Yankees eliminated the small-market Twins from four AL Division Series from 2003-10, crushing the World Series aspirations of Minnesota's self-developed core. If they get hot at the right time, they have as good of a chance as anyone in the postseason to win it all. Green, in his first postseason appearance, came in and struck out two batters to keep the Twins from extending their lead. He tied the game at 4-4 when he hit an RBI grounder in the third against David Robertson.
His bravo performance began in the first inning, adjusting his at-bat, fixing his sights on going up the middle, and lacing a two-strike Santana slider to center to set up the Gregorius home run. His fourth inning home run - the final home run of the game - didn't disappoint.
Following the third inning, Rookie of the Year candidate Aaron Judge would take Jose Berrios deep to give the Yankees a 7-4 lead. NY will be on the road to start the matchup, with the first game taking place tomorrow at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Instead, they will face a team that is resourceful and never thinks it is out of a game.