There is no denying that Gary Sanchez has been struggling as of late, but he was the shining star for the Yankees in Boston on Friday night.
In what ended up being one of the most dramatic victories of the season for the New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez came up when they needed him the most. With two outs in the ninth inning, “El Kraken” crushed a ball over the Green Monster in left field to tie the game at four and push it to extra innings.
This is a common occurrence we have seen with Gary Sanchez just about all season when he doesn’t seem to hit until he is actually put into a pressured situation, like the grand slam he hit in the Bronx against the Mets. Nonetheless, having Gary come alive would be huge for the Yankees as we inch closer to October baseball and start imagining how the lineup will be shaking up. If he can keep up this production at a consistent pace, that erases any possible hole in New York’s lineup and makes them complete from top to bottom.
In his last seven games, Gary Sanchez is hitting .296 with three home runs, nine RBIs, and a .741 slugging percentage. These are the type of numbers we expect to see normally out of Gary, not the .115 average and atrocious at-bats we have gotten from him for most of the season up until this point.
“I’m thinking put the ball in play,” Sanchez said after the game. “Take a good swing at it. You never go out there looking for homers. For me right now, it’s just a matter of making contact and putting the ball in play.”
Also, one aspect of his game that stood out on Friday night was his spectacular defense behind the plate, especially as it got deep into extra innings. Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Loaisiga were extremely wild, but Sanchez found away to prevent these balls from getting passed him and helped the Yankees hold onto the most stressful win of the season.