If the sound of a cracking bat followed by the joyous uproar of a crowd is not something you’ve previously had the luck of hearing, then the New York Yankees’ 14-1 blowout against the Minnesota Twins was your chance.
The hitting discrepency between the two teams was quite obvious, as the Twins only managed a single run on six hits, whereas the Yankees collected 14 runs on 13 hits.
Gary Sanchez ignited the offense when he scored two runs in the first inning after doubling to deep center, bringing Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton home.
After a hit by Aaron Hicks brought Sanchez home for the third run of the game, Miguel Andujar provided a pleasant surprise in his first at bat in the bottom of the second inning. Andujar slammed a solo home run to left field, which ultimately dictated the momentum for the rest of the game, as the Twins only managed one hit through the fifth inning.
Another bright spot was call-up Gleyber Torres securing his first hit as a major league player. This should help shake off the nerves for Torres in the coming games, and it should definitely encourage him to swing when he’s comfortable.
Men on fire
You’ve heard his name before, and you’ll hear it again for as long as he continues this level of play. Didi Gregorious stepped up to the plate with an 8-1 lead and bases loaded, so naturally a grand slam was running through everyone’s minds. Low and behold, Gregorious bombed a pitch to right field, putting the cherry on top of a game that was out of reach from the get-go. Gregorious had only one hit in this game, which happened to be his grand slam, and that more than made up for his poor plate performances. Gregorious has 24 RBIs to his name so far this season and will look to carry this energy for as long as he can.
Meanwhile, Stanton managed to impress by hitting 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. He wasn’t shy at the plate, nor did he seem nervous about the crowd around him. Stanton gave Yankees fans a glimpse of what they expected from him in the first place, and it was a stunning performance. No one is going to be perfect at the plate every game, but to see some consistency from Stanton was relieving.
Just when it looked like the Yankees would ease up, Tyler Austin hit a two-run home run to secure the 14-1 lead. Pitcher — and outfielder — Ryan LaMarre earned a single run from Austin in his only inning of pitching.
Masahiro Tanaka had an excellent game for the Yankees, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing three hits and earning a single run. Tanaka struck out five before being relieved by Chad Green.
David Hale went on to pitch two innings and close out the Twins.
A good direction
The Yankees are now 12-9 and remain in third place in the AL East. They managed to win three games in their last series against the Toronto Blue Jays, which will have a lasting impact as the season goes on.
It is a good sign that the Yankees continue to bring their record well above .500, as they’ll need every advantage in a tight race for the East against the Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox.