The legend of DJ LeMahieu added another chapter of Friday night.
The Yankees defeated the Twins 10-4 in the Bronx, and in a Bombers' lineup that is packed with stars- from Aaron Judge, to Gary Sanchez, to Giancarlo Stanton, among others- it was LeMaheiu who shined the brightest.
Providing a spark out of the leadoff spot, just as he did all throughout the regular season, LeMahieu went 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored.
But things didn't start on a great note for the infielder. In the top of the second inning, LeMahieu dropped a pop up off the bat of CJ Cron. It didn't come back to bite the Yankees, but LeMahieu was still angry about the error after the game.
"Honestly, it's like my worst nightmare, dropping a pop up like that," LeMahieu said.
"But in the playoffs, you have to kind of turn the page really quick."
And that's exactly what he did.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, LeMahieu launched a solo home run to left-center, extending the Yankees lead to 6-4. Then, in the seventh, he blew the game wide open with a bases-clearing double, driving in three runs and putting the Yankees up 10-4.
But after the game, despite his three hits, LeMahieu put the team first.
"I thought we did a really good job today of getting on base, whether it's a walk or just finding a way to get on base," LeMahieu said. "We did a really good job against their pitchers."
It was just another night at the office for LeMahieu, who once again proved himself as the best free agent signing in baseball from last year's class of available players.
As per usual, LeMahieu was soft-spoken after his latest clutch performance.
"I was just trying to battle, put good swings on balls, and trying to relax and do my job," he said. "It felt good to come through."
Now, LeMahieu and the Yankees head into Game 2 with a series lead.