The Bronx was as loud as it has ever been last night when the Minnesota Twins made the trip to take on the New York Yankees. The hectic environment clearly paid off as the Yankees went on to win the one-game playoff series 8-4.
This game had everything, change of leads, home runs and web gems.
Minnesota came out early, taking an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino. Severino only recorded one out in the process of giving up these three runs, all of which came by virtue of home runs by Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario.
Severino gave up four hits and three earned runs until he was eventually pulled in one of the worst start in MLB postseason history.
Ervin Santana started on the mound for the Twins, making only his third postseason start. While his lineup gave him some run support, he was unable to come through and protect the early lead.
Didi Gregorious was the battery for this Yankees team, knocking out a one-out three run home run which evened the game at three.
Brett Gardner followed a successful first inning up with a solo home run to give the Yankees their first lead of the day 4-3.
The Yankees kept things rolling with a two-run shot from Aaron Judge in the bottom of the fourth.
New York gave their pitching staff the run support for their bullpen, and they did not take this for granted.
Chad Green, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman covered for Severino and combined to allow one run and five hits while striking out 13 in 8.2 dominant innings.
The Yankees now move on to face the Cleveland Indians in the American League Divisional Series. First game is tomorrow, at 7:38 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.