NEW YORK — Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and a shining bullpen discovered New York from a imperishable start and carried a Yankees to their initial postseason feat in 5 years.
Gregorius’ three-run homer tied a measure after Minnesota knocked out Luis Severino in a initial inning, a pumped-up Judge showed his many tension this deteriorate when he strike a two-run shot in his playoff entrance and a Yankees kick a Twins 8-4 Tuesday night in a AL wild-card game.
Brett Gardner also homered for a Yankees, who chased Ervin Santana after dual innings and once again separated a Twins from a playoffs.
Chad Green, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman total for 8 2/3 innings of one-run, five-hit relief, distinguished out 13 to tie a postseason record for a bullpen.
“It was usually remarkable,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
New York opens a best-of-five Division Series on Thursday during a AL Central champion Indians.
“We’re not finished yet,” Judge said. “We’ve usually got to keep it rolling in Cleveland.”
The Twins mislaid their 13th uninterrupted postseason game, restraining a record set by Boston from 1986-95.
Brian Dozier led off a diversion with a home run and Eddie Rosario strike a two-run expostulate as a Twins detonate to a discerning lead and dumbfounded a sellout throng of 49,280 during Yankee Stadium.
But Santana was small improved than Severino, going to full depends on 8 of 11 batters. Gregorius erased a lead 4 batters into a bottom of a first, and Santana was private after 6 outs and 64 pitches with a Twins trailing 4-3.
“You can lay here and try to suppose if it was 0-0 after a initial what it would have felt like compared to scoring 3 and giving 3 back,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “It’s a enthusiasm of jumping out … and afterwards a deflation of giving it behind so quickly.”
Minnesota, a initial group to miscarry from a 100-loss deteriorate and make a playoffs a following year, has been separated by a Yankees in 5 of a final 6 postseason appearances and has not won a playoff array given 2002.
Judge, a 6-foot-7 prodigy who set a rookie record with 52 home runs, was given a Ruthian ovation, with several sections of fans holding signs in his respect spelling out “All Rise!” He scored 3 runs, attack a singular to assistance light a first-inning rally, smoking a 108 mph home run off crook Jose Berrios in a fourth and walking in a seventh and entrance home when Alan Busenitz walked Jacoby Ellsbury with a bases loaded.
Judge shouted in fad as he dull initial bottom after a homer, his face flush with emotion.
“This place was rocking. It was incredible,” he said.
New York had done usually one postseason coming given 2012, losing a 2015 wild-card diversion to Houston 3-0. Just 3 Yankees who started that diversion were in a starting lineup, partial of a Baby Bombers transformation that purged a register of veterans.
At 23, Severino was a youngest Yankees postseason starter given Andy Pettitte in 1995. The right-hander lasted usually 29 pitches on a frail autumn night and matched a Yankees’ shortest postseason start, by Bob Turley in Game 2 of a 1958 World Series and Art Ditmar in a 1960 World Series opener. Dozier homered into a left-field seats on a 99 mph fastball and Rosario lined a slider usually over a right-field brief porch.
Severino was jolt his conduct as walked to a cave and Green transposed him with runners during second and third. Green struck out Byron Buxton and Jason Castro, afterwards fanned 3 in a quarrel in a second.
Green gave adult Jorge Polanco’s singular and a span of walks in a third. Robertson came in with a bases installed and authorised Buxton’s RBI grounder, afterwards struck out Castro.
Robertson sleepy in a sixth though warranted a win, withdrawal after 52 pitches and 3 1/3 innings — both career highs.
Kahnle relieved with a curtain on and late Joe Mauer on a flyout to a warning track. After Kahnle threw 2 1/3 innings, Chapman struck out 3 around a strike in a ninth.
A pitcher named Santana — Johan Santana — kick a Yankees for a Twins’ final postseason win in 2004. But Ervin Santana contributed to a initial inning that lasted 45 mins and 3 innings that took 1:43. His career postseason ERA climbed to 6.57.
Gardner walked heading off, Judge poked a singular to core and Gregorius lined a fastball over a right-field scoreboard. Brushed off a image by a 2-2 representation in a second, Gardner sent Santana’s subsequent charity into a second rug in right for a 4-3 lead.
Green struck out a side in a second, though left in a third after a leadoff singular and dual walks installed a bases. Buxton strike into a run-scoring forceout before Robertson struck out Castro, and a Yankees went forward for good in a bottom half when Gary Sanchez doubled off Berrios heading off and scored on Greg Bird’s two-out single.
After a impulse of overpower for victims of a Las Vegas shooting, Broadway star Aaron Tveit asked fans to join him in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Players on both teams remained during courtesy on a margin until a tone ensure reached a tainted line. Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve, a Las Vegas native, threw out a rite initial pitch.
WAY BACK WHEN
When a Yankees final won a postseason game, Judge was during Fresno State. Bird had usually finished a deteriorate with a Class A Staten Island Yankees, Sanchez with a Class A Tampa Yankees and Severino with a Dominican Summer League Yankees.
Zack Granite transposed Buxton in a fourth, dual innings after a core fielder crashed into a wall robbing Todd Frazier of an extra-base hit. Granite grounded to a right side in a eighth, and second baseman Starlin Castro forsaken a toss from Bird during initial base, though Granite overran a bag but touching it and was tagged out by Castro, who had picked adult a ball.
Twins 3B-DH Miguel Sano was ruled out after use Monday. “When he attempted to take his swings, it was usually too restricted as distant as not being means to use his front leg as a fresh leg,” Molitor said. “It was romantic for him since we know he wants to play.”
RHP Masahiro Tanana (13-12) is expected to start Thursday for a Yankees opposite a Indians and Trevor Bauer (17-9).
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