Gary Sanchez hadn’t recorded a hit in the ALCS for the New York Yankees. Their slugger was struggling in a big way, but none of that mattered when he stepped to the plate with two guys on and the score tied.
The crowd at Yankee Stadium could not have been louder, which was a stark contrast to just an inning and a half before when the Houston Astros were adding an insurance run off a Starlin Castro error to take a 4-0 lead. It doesn’t get much better than October baseball, nor much better when the home team mounts an incredible comeback.
The Sanchez double in the eighth inning gave the Yankees a 6-4 lead and Aroldis Chapman came on in the top of the ninth to close the door on the Astros. The series now sits at 2-2 with Dallas Keuchel and Masahiro Tanaka set to duel in the pivotal Game 5. All the momentum is squarely with the Yankees, and the way their bats have come alive it’s hard to imagine them losing another game.