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Yankees flip the switch in 11-4 win over Marlins

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The offense wakes up in time to break away from the Marlins and secure a much-needed win.

Miami Marlins v New York Yankees Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Today wasn’t the kind of must-win scenario they’ll be facing in a couple of days, but it still felt like the Yankees badly needed to take their matinee match against the Marlins. They’re barely hanging onto the fifth seed for the Wild Card Series, and they’ve got the Toronto Blue Jays breathing down their necks at the finish line.

Fortunately for New York, they showed up after a frustrating night opened up this series. The Bombers returned to their power-laden form, and handled business in a 11-4 victory. Let’s get into the recap, bullet-point style:

  • It wasn’t quite as fast as last night, but the Yankees fell behind 3-0 for the second straight time to these competitive Marlins. Monte Harrison led off the third inning with a single, and Miguel Rojas doubled him home to get Miami on the board. A sacrifice bunt and a pair of singles would add two more runs to Deivi García’s line in his final start of the regular season.
  • García settled down from there, however. He allowed just two more hits and a walk in 3.2 innings of work afterwards, finishing with a line of 6.2 innings and four runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts. It was a good tune-up for García ahead of the postseason, where the Yankees may need him in either a relief setting for the Wild Card Series or hold him for a start in a potential ALDS appearance.
  • The Yankees offense couldn’t bail out García from his previous start going awry, but they backed up their starter today. Tyler Wade jumpstarted the comeback in the fifth, slamming a two-run shot into the second deck in right. Wade has quietly begun to heat up with the bat, and the Yankees needed someone to step up and get things started for them after several days of looking lethargic at the plate.
  • Giancarlo Stanton slapped a double later in the inning that tied the game, and the Yankees took over for good in the sixth. The Bombers put up a seven spot in the frame, beginning with a two-run shot from Aaron Hicks. A hit-by-pitch and walk would set up DJ LeMahieu for a two-run double, and Luke Voit put the nail in the coffin by launching a three-run homer to the short porch.
  • Speaking of Voit, his blast extended his MLB-lead in home runs to 22. No-one else in the league even has 20 this year, so barring a wild performance in the final day of the season the title of home run leader is Voit’s. The Yankees really found a gem when they traded for Voit, and he’s earned his place in the heart of the lineup this season.
  • Another gem for the Yankees has been LeMahieu’s play, and he’s in line to win a race of his own. LeMahieu’s 4-for-5 performance on Saturday put his batting average at .359, well ahead of Tim Anderson’s .337 mark in second place. The AL batting title is LeMahieu’s to lose, and he may even end up the MLB leader, as Juan Soto leads the NL with a .351 average.

The Yankees have one final game left before they can turn their eyes to the postseason, and a lot is still hanging on that result. New York either needs to win or have the Blue Jays lose once more to lock up the fifth seed, and then they’ll be scoreboard watching to see who winds up with the fourth seed. Right now there are four teams that could still slot into that spot: Oakland, Minnesota, Cleveland or Chicago. One of those AL Central teams will have to drop to the seventh seed and Oakland has the advantage to get the second seed, but plenty of chaos can still happen in the next 24 hours.

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