TAMPA, Fla. – The rookie Gary Sanchez who plays for the Yankees already set a new record with 19 homers in only 45 games.
The New York Yankees recorded 11-5 win against Tampa Bay on Wednesday and the rookie Gary Sanchez was extraordinary. He broke a record set by Wally Berger back in 1930 when he played for the Boston Braves. Berger had his 19 homers in 51 games, whereas it took six games less for Gary Sanchez to have the same number of home runs.
Sanchez had his second homer in the sixth inning, which happened after the three-run shot in a four-run second of Alex Cobb. This is also Gary’s third time with two homers in a single game. In his last 12 games, Sanchez has eight homers. Before those 12 games, however, he struggled because he had no homers in 10 games in a row.
Joe Girardi, New York manager, praised Sanchez:”It’s hard to believe. I haven’t seen anything like it.”
Sanchez also improved his RBI average to .337 and now he has 38 RBIs in 165 at-bats. To prove how great a score this is, Alfonso Soriano hit that many in 574 at-bats when he was a rookie in 2001. So, Sanchez also became the best rookie in the Yankees history.
“It’s great when you achieve something like that, but what makes it better is that you’re helping the team win,” Sanchez said using a translator.
Moreover, with his three-run homer in the seventh inning, Sanchez brought the lead to his team.
Mark Teixeira, who has been in a league for 14 years said:” “There are plenty of words — amazing, incredible, impressive. He’s carried us. We are not even close to talking about a playoff berth if Gary doesn’t come up and do what he has done.”
The Yankees are battling for the AL wild card.