Gary Sanchez’s bid for redemption took a success on Tuesday.
He was behind the plate as a sequence of Yankees pitchers didn’t shut down Tampa Bay’s lineup, from rookie right-hander Deivi Garcia to veteran lefty J.A. Happ.
There was additionally a handed ball blended in that put a runner in scoring place.
Nonetheless, all of that might have been forgotten when he got here to the plate with the Yankees trailing by three runs within the prime of the ninth.
With two on and one out towards Peter Fairbanks, Sanchez struck out on three pitches within the Yankees’ 7-5 loss in Game 2 of the ALDS at Petco Park in San Diego.
It got here after Sanchez had one other probability within the seventh.
After Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier reached to begin the inning towards Diego Castillo, Tampa Bay supervisor Kevin Money went to Nick Anderson to face Sanchez and the right-hander struck out Sanchez to begin a dominant inning wherein he fanned Sanchez, DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Decide consecutively.
He ended 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, one other disappointing recreation in a season filled with them.
Sanchez watched from the dugout in Sport 1 as Kyle Higashioka began once more behind the plate with ace Gerrit Cole on the mound. And never solely did Higashioka assist information the Yankees to the win together with his protection, he additionally added a homer.
The Yankees nonetheless assume Sanchez’s protection is underrated and there’s no doubt he at all times has an opportunity to vary a recreation with one swing, as he did together with his two-run reverse area homer towards the Indians in Sport 2 of the wild-card sequence, when he additionally added a key sacrifice fly.
However most of the time this season — when he hit simply .147 and had an OPS of .618 — Sanchez has had video games like he did Tuesday, when he hit ninth and struck out trying and grounded out to begin innings after which whiffed in a spot the place he might have altered the result.
He’ll little question produce other alternatives to affect this sequence and the remainder of the postseason — seemingly beginning on Wednesday with Masahiro Tanaka on the mound, however Sanchez is operating out of time to change the narrative of one other subpar season.