Yankees fans didn't want to see a loss in the Bronx on Saturday afternoon, but they did love the sight of yet another long ball from Gary Sanchez.
"The Kraken" is on fire, hitting his third homer of the homestand already after belting two on Friday night againt Minnesota. This one today left Sanchez' bat at 114.7 mph, and had a projected distance at 444 feet.
After coming off the IL, Sanchez didn't see initial success. In fact, he got the "Golden Sombrero" in his first game back against the Angels with four strikeouts coming his way. But he told The Post on Friday night that his timing was off, and now that it's back, the ball is going over the wall.
"My timing was a little off after the [injured] list," Sanchez said through a translator. "It was a matter of adjustments. I'm trying to stay away from swinging at bad pitches."
Sanchez has not been missing the mistakes made by opposing pitchers. Today, he hit a fastball that was supposed to be low and outside, but ended up being middle-out over the fence. On Friday, it was another fastball right in his wheelhouse that was sent to the moon for his second homer.
Sanchez' patience at the plate has been paying off, and it couldn't come at a better time for the Yankees in his tough homestand. Manager Aaron Boone definitely appreciates the production, but just as he's always said with Sanchez, he isn't surprised it's coming from his bat.
"He's a gifted offensive player," he said. "It's not surprising. When you see the kind of swing he has and the way he's able to impact the ball, it's something that he's certainly capable of. That's why we expect a lot out of him and demand a lot out of him because we know he's capable of those kinds of things. His power has been big for us this year."
Entering today's game, Sanchez was hitting .259/.333/.741 with four homers and nine RBI since his IL stint. Those numbers not only got better today, but if he can continue that production, they will only continue to go up.
Hopefully Yankees wins follow suit.