Yankees C mashes 448-foot blast, but finds hard luck on game-ending DP
By John Fay
Special to MLB.com |
CINCINNATI -- Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hit two balls really hard Tuesday night. One ended up in the second deck. The other ended the game in the Yankees' 5-3 loss to the Reds, which halted New York's six-game winning streak.
Sanchez connected on a 3-2 fastball from Tim Adleman in the first inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. According to Statcast™, the ball left Sanchez's bat at 111.5 mph with a 21-degree angle and traveled a projected 448 feet. It was the longest homer of his short big league career and tied for the third-longest Yankees homer of the season.
"The moment I hit it," Sanchez said through an interpreter, "I knew I hit it well. I knew it was going to go out of the ballpark."
"I wanted it in, and I just pulled it back over the plate," Adleman said. "With me, if I'm more aggressive, I've got a really good chance of being able to drive that in there. But I sort of aimed it a little bit and ended up coming off of it a little bit and pulled it back over the plate where he could handle it."
Sanchez had a chance to do more damage in the ninth. He smoked a line drive that left the bat at 110.2 mph with runners at first and second. But third baseman Eugenio Suarez snared it and turned a 5-4 double play to end the game.
"I'm ready for that," Suarez said. "I know Sanchez has power and he tries to pull it a little bit. I moved a little bit because I saw [catcher Devin Mesoraco] moving in. I anticipated that play, and that's why I was ready. I try to catch the ball and finish the game like that. It's perfect for us."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was kind of expecting another big hit and comeback.
"That's what our guys do," he said. "They keep grinding it out. [Aaron Hicks] works a walk. [Matt Holliday] works a walk. You've got guys really swinging it up. He couldn't have hit it any harder. It was right at the third baseman."
"I hit it well," Sanchez said. "That's part of baseball. Sometimes you hit it good and it's right at the player."
Sanchez, who was 3-for-3 with a walk, hit-by-pitch and two RBIs in Monday night's victory, went 7-for-17 on the just-completed five-game road trip. The trip started the day Sanchez was reinstated from the disabled list after missing 21 games with a biceps strain. The homer was his first since April 7 and second overall this season.
"I've felt good since that first game [back]," he said. "I just didn't get any hits [that day]. As days go on, I start feeling better and better and better."
John Fay is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.