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2017 American League Wild Card Game

The 2017 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's 2017 postseason that was played between the American League's (AL) two wild card teams, the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins. The game was televised nationally by ESPN. The game took place on October 3 at Yankee Stadium, with the Yankees winning 8–4, thus eliminating the Twins from the postseason and advancing the Yankees to the AL Division Series (ALDS), in which they defeated the Cleveland Indians, 3–2.

2017 American League Wild Card Game
2017 American League Wild Card Game logo.svg
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota Twins 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 1
New York Yankees 3 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 x 8 9 0
Date October 3, 2017
Venue Yankee Stadium
City The Bronx, New York
Managers
Umpires HP: Alfonso Márquez, 1B Mike Winters (crew chief), 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Lance Barksdale, LF Tripp Gibson, RF John Tumpane[1]
Attendance 49,280
Television ESPN
TV announcers Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone, and Buster Olney
Radio ESPN
Radio announcers Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton

Contents

BackgroundEdit

This was Minnesota's first playoff appearance as a Wild Card team, and their first postseason appearance since the 2010 American League Division Series.[2] After clinching their spot, the Twins named Ervin Santana as their starting pitcher.[3] Miguel Sanó was left off of the roster because of his injured left shin.[4] The Twins had a 85–77 record and finished in second place in the AL Central, 17 games behind the Indians.[5]

This was New York's sixth playoff appearance as a Wild Card team, and their first postseason appearance since the 2015 American League Wild Card Game. Luis Severino started for the Yankees.[6] With a 91–71 record, the Yankees finished in second place in the AL East, two games behind the division-winning Red Sox.[5]

This was the fifth postseason meeting between the two clubs, with the Yankees winning all four previous series. Their most recent meeting was in the 2010 American League Division Series in which the Yankees swept the Twins in three games.[2]

Game resultsEdit

Line scoreEdit

October 3, 2017 8:10 pm (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York, 62 °F (17 °C), clear
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota Twins 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 1
New York Yankees 3 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 x 8 9 0
WP: David Robertson (1–0)   LP: José Berríos (0–1)
Home runs:
MIN: Brian Dozier (1), Eddie Rosario (1)
NYY: Didi Gregorius (1), Brett Gardner (1), Aaron Judge (1)
Attendance: 49,280[7]

Starting lineupsEdit

Game summaryEdit

The Twins did not waste any time getting to Severino, with Brian Dozier hitting a leadoff home run. This was followed by a walk to Jorge Polanco and another home run, this one by Eddie Rosario, to put the Twins quickly up 3–0.[10] After allowing a single by Eduardo Escobar and a double by Max Kepler, Severino was relieved after only recording one out, marking the shortest appearance by a Yankees starting pitcher in postseason history.[11] Chad Green relieved Severino and recorded consecutive strikeouts to end the inning.[12] The Yankees quickly responded, however, tying the game in the bottom of the first inning on a three-run home run by Didi Gregorius as Twins starter Ervin Santana also struggled, throwing 41 pitches in the inning.[13][14] Brett Gardner's home run in the next inning gave the Yankees the lead. In the top of the third, after loading the bases with one out, Green was replaced by David Robertson. Robertson induced a potential double-play ground ball from Byron Buxton, but the Yankees weren't able to get the speedy Buxton out at first, allowing the Twins to tie the game at 4.[13]

José Berríos relieved Santana (who had thrown 64 pitches in the first two innings) to start the bottom of the third, and the Yankees quickly pounced on the right-hander. Gary Sánchez doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on an RBI single by Greg Bird to give the Yankees the lead.. In the bottom of the fourth, rookie sensation Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run to extend the Yankee lead to 7–4.[15] Tommy Kahnle relieved Robertson, who had thrown a career-high ​3 13 innings, all scoreless, in the top of the seventh and threw two shutout innings of his own.[13] In the bottom of the seventh, a two-out bases-loaded walk to Aaron Hicks further extended the Yankees' lead to 8–4.[13] Closer Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth inning in a non-save situation for the Yankees to end the game and advance the Yankees to the ALDS.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MLB playoffs: Umpires for wild-card games, AL and NL Division Series announced". sports.yahoo.com. Yahoo Sports. Retrieved October 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Kilinski, Fran. "A look at the history of the Yankees-Twins playoff matchup". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2017-10-04. 
  3. ^ "Twins' Ervin Santana: Named as wild-card game starter". 
  4. ^ "Twins leave Miguel Sano off wild-card roster vs. Yankees". Twin Cities. 2017-10-03. Retrieved 2017-11-06. 
  5. ^ a b "Regular Season Standings". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  6. ^ Martin, Dan (1970-01-01). "Luis Severino 'confident' on big stage despite lack of experience". Nypost.com. Retrieved 2017-10-04. 
  7. ^ "Boxscore: New York vs. Minnesota, Wild Card Game". MLB.com. Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  8. ^ Minnesota TwinsVerified account (2009-05-11). "Minnesota Twins on Twitter: "Tonight's #MNTwins lineup! #WereGonna"". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2017-10-04. 
  9. ^ https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/10/03/new-york-yankees-wild-card-game-roster-lineup
  10. ^ Adler, David. "Twins strike first as Dozier, Rosario go deep". MLB.com. Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Luis Severino roughed up in AL Wild Card Game". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  12. ^ Trezza, Joe. "Twins chase Severino after six batters". MLB.com. Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b c d Hoffman, Benjamin (2017-10-03). "M.L.B. Playoffs: How the Yankees Beat the Twins in the Wild-Card Game". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  14. ^ Bumbaca, Chris. "Gregorius hits tying homer in wild first inning". MLB.com. Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  15. ^ Trezza, Joe. "Judge goes deep in first postseason game". MLB.com. Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  16. ^ Hoffman, Benjamin (2017-10-03). "M.L.B. Playoffs: How the Yankees Beat the Twins in the Wild-Card Game". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-06. 

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