The Yankees threw their way out of a three-run deficit using four relievers. The first inning would take an hour to complete. Today's game has a scheduled start time of 8.09 p.m. ET and takes place from Yankee Stadium in New York City.
That performnce comes with a cost, however, as the Yankees won't have a full strength bullpen heading into Game One of the ALDS against the Indians tomorrow.
Unsurprisingly, the Yankees are considerable favorite to win the one-game Wild Card tonight. Greg Bird singled home Gary Sanchez in the bottom of the third inning with two outs to give the NY the lead for good.
Even with the three-run lead, Ervin Santana couldn't give the Twins what they needed as he walked Brett Gardner to lead off the bottom of the first. David Robertson, acquired in midseason from the Chicago White Sox, has a 1.03 ERA through 30 games; Tommy Kahnle, another player added by Cashman this year, has also impressed.
This encounter will be the first taste of October for the Yankees' "Baby Bombers", putting MVP candidate Aaron Judge - who led the AL in homers (52) and walks (127) - on a big stage in the Bronx that has played host to many legends.
"All of a sudden, everything you worked for in the top of the first is vanished", said Molitor, via YES Network. Their bullpen is a little taxed, but they will have a day off to recover before Game 1 on Thursday.
By winning the one-game showdown, the Yankees advance to the AL Division Series against the Cleveland Indians. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and the ESPN app, and we'll tell you everything you need to know to watch it online.
With two on and a three-run deficit in the sixth, Mauer hit a drive to deep left field, but Gardner grabbed it on the warning track in the corner. Over the last 8.2 innings of this game, the one when so much excitement and so much promise for this Yankee team could have gone to waste, Green and Robertson and Kahnle and Chapman made their own history on the north side of 161st. There were two outs and the Twins had put two runners on base against Robertson, who, by that point, had been on the mound for more than three innings. The 34-year-old Ellsbury has been a DH 12 times in his career, including four times this season. The likes of which make them a very unsafe team heading into the ALDS versus the Indians.