Gary Sanchez is not a fluke. Since he was called up, all he’s done is hit, whether as DH or as catcher. He was instrumental in both wins in Anaheim against the Angels, Friday and Saturday night, and has made himself an essential part of “the New Yankees.” It was too late for me to watch the Angels series here on the East Coast, but I loved waking up and reading about the wins and how Sanchez played a role in each one.
Ditto: Aaron Judge, Ronald Torreyes, Luis Cessa and Chad Green. Judge continued his offense. Torreyes, though little used, got his chance at third base when Headley got hurt and took advantage of it. Cessa pitched brilliantly on Saturday night. And Green was terrific last night but received no run support.
All the fuss about the kids isn’t to say we haven’t gotten better play out of the veterans. Both Ellsbury and Gardner made spectacular leaping grabs in the outfield. Tanaka pitched well on Friday night. And McCann contributed a homer.
I was hoping the Yanks would sweep the Angels, a bad team this year, but it wasn’t to be, and last night’s loss thwarted their chances to move closer to a Wild Card spot. They really can’t afford to lose at this point.
So while they’re in Seattle for the series starting tonight and I’m fast asleep, I hope they’re pummeling the Mariners.