Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez put his 2018 hitting woes behind him on Saturday night when he hit two home runs in the team's win over the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Sanchez hit a solo home run in the second inning and then turned a one-run ballgame into a then-five-run lead for the Yankees in the sixth inning when he launched a three-run blast.
The 25-year-old Sanchez's second home run of the night traveled 479 feet, which ranks as the second-longest home run hit in the playoffs since homers started being tracked by StatCast in 2015, per MLB.com. Sanchez also became the first Yankees catcher to log a multi-home run game in the playoffs since Yogi Berra achieved the feat in Game 7 of the 1956 World Series.
Manager Aaron Boone said after the game that everyone knew Sanchez was able to turn in that kind of a performance.
"Tonight he had just a monster night and you know hes capable of that," Boone said. "That's what we have been waiting for to some degree on offense."
Sanchez noted that the team has remained confident in him, and that in turn has given him confidence.
"Although it has been a tough season for me, I knew I was able to produce the same way I produced last year," he said, per Erik Boland of Newsday. "Like I said before, they have a lot of confidence in me, and I have it too."