NEW YORK – Gary Sanchez failed to catch a foul balloon before a seven-run cluster in the fifth inning, capped by a three-touch homer by Andrés Giménez, in an 11-3 blowout from the Cleveland Indians. on Saturday to the New York Yankees.
Dominican Franmil Reyes hit an RBI double off compatriot Albert Abreu in that decisive attack for Cleveland to hit the aspirations of the Yankees, who have left the playoff zone for now. Reyes added a two-run homer in the sixth off Andrew Heaney.
Yu Cheng gave the Indians the lead with a home run in the second inning off Luis Gil (1-1). He added a two-touchdown double in the fifth off Abreu.
José Ramírez hit his 34th home run of the season in the eighth against Heaney.
New York has 13 commitments left. He started the middle game day over Toronto in the fight for the second wild-card berth to the American League playoffs. But the Blue Jays won later and now outnumber the Yankees by half a game.
In addition, New York fell within a game and a half of Boston, which leads the wild-card bid.
Aaron Civale (11-4) solved six blank episodes, with a four-hit ball. He made his third start since missing two months with a sprained middle finger on his right hand.
Sánchez went overboard behind the plate to catch Óscar Mercado’s balloon in the fifth inning on a sunny afternoon. The Dominican made his sixth mistake.
The Yankees have made 92 misses, the fourth most in the majors.
Frustrated, the Colombian Mercado had whipped his bat, thinking that Sanchez would catch the ball. Then, he was hit by a pitching, which set off the ultimate attack.
For the Indians, the Colombians Oscar Mercado 4-1 with a run scored, Harold Ramírez 3-0 with a run scored. The Dominicans José Ramírez 3-1 with three runs scored and one RBI, Reyes 5-3 with two runs scored and three produced. Venezuelan Giménez 5-2 with one run scored and three RBIs.
For the Yankees, the Venezuelan Gleyber Torres 4-1. The Dominican Sánchez 4-2. Colombian Gio Urshela 4-0.