NEW YORK. — Didi Gregorius highlighted a seven-run third inning with a grand slam, and the New York Yankees seized a commanding 2-0 lead in the American League Division Series with an 8-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.
The Yankees won their 12th straight postseason game against the Twins, beginning with Game 2 of the 2004 ALDS. It is the longest winning streak by one team over any opponent in the postseason, and the Yankees are 15-2 all-time against Minnesota in the playoffs. What’s more, Minnesota has lost its last 15 postseason games, the longest playoff losing streak in major league history.
The Yankees led 3-0 when Gregorius came up against Tyler Duffey — who struck out Gregorius on four pitches in Game 1. Gregorius fell behind 0-2, took a ball in the dirt then fouled off a pitch before sending a high fastball into the second deck in right field, tucking the drive just a few feet inside the foul pole.
Gregorius appeared to will it fair and then earned a curtain call following his fourth career postseason homer.
“I knew it was fair, but just thinking back to my at-bats that I had against (Duffey) yesterday, and after I had two strikes, he threw me that fastball, so I was prepared for it this time after he threw me the curveball in the dirt,” Gregorius said after the game. “I was ready for it this time, so that’s why my reaction was like that.”
It was New York’s 12th postseason grand slam and first since Robinson Cano hit one in Game 1 of the 2011 ALDS against Detroit.