The 2017 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2017 postseason that was played between the American League's (AL) two wild card teams, the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins. The game was televised nationally by ESPN. The game took place on October 3 at Yankee Stadium, with the Yankees winning 8–4, thus eliminating the Twins from the postseason and advancing the Yankees to the AL Division Series (ALDS), in which they defeated the Cleveland Indians, 3–2.
|2017 American League Wild Card Game|
|Date||October 3, 2017|
|City||The Bronx, New York|
|Umpires||HP: Alfonso Márquez, 1B Mike Winters (crew chief), 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Lance Barksdale, LF Tripp Gibson, RF John Tumpane|
|TV announcers||Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone, and Buster Olney|
|Radio announcers||Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton|
This was Minnesota's first playoff appearance as a Wild Card team, and their first postseason appearance since the 2010 American League Division Series. After clinching their spot, the Twins named Ervin Santana as their starting pitcher. Miguel Sanó was left off of the roster because of his injured left shin. The Twins had an 85–77 record and finished in second place in the AL Central, 17 games behind the Indians.
This was New York's sixth playoff appearance as a Wild Card team, and their first postseason appearance since the 2015 American League Wild Card Game. Luis Severino started for the Yankees. With a 91–71 record, the Yankees finished in second place in the AL East, two games behind the division-winning Red Sox.
This was the fifth postseason meeting between the two clubs, with the Yankees winning all four previous series. Their most recent meeting was in the 2010 American League Division Series in which the Yankees swept the Twins in three games. This loss also extended the Twins' postseason losing streak to thirteen games; ten of those games were against the Yankees.
|New York Yankees||3||1||1||2||0||0||1||0||X||8||9||0|
|WP: David Robertson (1–0) LP: José Berríos (0–1)|
MIN: Brian Dozier (1), Eddie Rosario (1)
NYY: Didi Gregorius (1), Brett Gardner (1), Aaron Judge (1)
The Twins did not waste any time getting to Severino, with Brian Dozier hitting a leadoff home run. This was followed by a walk to Jorge Polanco and another home run, this one by Eddie Rosario, to put the Twins quickly up 3–0. After allowing a single by Eduardo Escobar and a double by Max Kepler, Severino was relieved after only recording one out, marking the shortest appearance by a Yankees starting pitcher in postseason history. Chad Green relieved Severino and recorded consecutive strikeouts to end the inning. The Yankees quickly responded, however, tying the game in the bottom of the first inning on a three-run home run by Didi Gregorius as Twins starter Ervin Santana also struggled, throwing 41 pitches in the inning. Brett Gardner's home run in the next inning gave the Yankees the lead. In the top of the third, after loading the bases with one out, Green was replaced by David Robertson. Robertson induced a potential double-play ground ball from Byron Buxton, but the Yankees weren't able to get the speedy Buxton out at first, allowing the Twins to tie the game at 4.
José Berríos relieved Santana (who had thrown 64 pitches in the first two innings) to start the bottom of the third, and the Yankees quickly pounced on the right-hander. Gary Sánchez doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on an RBI single by Greg Bird to give the Yankees the lead.. In the bottom of the fourth, rookie sensation Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run to extend the Yankee lead to 7–4. Tommy Kahnle relieved Robertson, who had thrown a career-high 3 1⁄3 innings, all scoreless, to finish the sixth inning and threw 2 1⁄3 shutout innings of his own. In the bottom of the seventh, a two-out bases-loaded walk to Aaron Hicks further extended the Yankees' lead to 8–4. Closer Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth inning in a non-save situation for the Yankees to end the game and advance the Yankees to the ALDS.
The 2017 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-games series held to determine the participating teams in the 2017 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3) and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff—played in two series.
These matchups were:
(1) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champions) versus (4) New York Yankees (Wild Card Game winner)
(2) Houston Astros (West Division champions) versus (3) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions)For the first time, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; Doosan acquired presenting sponsorship to the ALDS, and thus the series was officially known as the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.Brian Cashman
Brian McGuire Cashman (born July 3, 1967) is an American baseball executive for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. He has served as the General Manager and Senior Vice President of the Yankees since 1998. During Cashman's tenure as general manager, the Yankees have won six American League pennants and four World Series championships.
Cashman began working with the Yankees organization in 1986 as an intern while still in college. He was named assistant general manager in 1992, helping to run the team while owner George Steinbrenner was suspended from baseball. He succeeded Bob Watson as the team's general manager in 1998.Chad Green (pitcher)
Chad Keith Green (born May 24, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Yankees in 2016 as a starting pitcher, and became a relief pitcher in 2017.David Robertson (baseball)
David Alan Robertson (born April 9, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York Yankees from 2008 through 2014, and for the Chicago White Sox between 2015 and 2017, before returning to the Yankees for 2017 and 2018.
Robertson played college baseball for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He was drafted by the Yankees in the 17th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft, and made his MLB debut with the Yankees in 2008. Robertson was a member of the World Series-winning 2009 Yankees team. He was named an MLB All-Star in 2011. After Mariano Rivera retired, Robertson served as the Yankees' closer in 2014. He signed with the White Sox as a free agent after the 2014 season. He was later traded back to the Yankees in July 2017. Robertson signed with the Phillies as a free agent after the 2018 season. Through 2018, in his 11-year career Robertson pitched in 654 games (10th among active players), and averaged 11.97 strikeouts per 9 innings, the most of any pitcher with at least 650 innings pitched.Didi Gregorius
Mariekson Julius "Didi" Gregorius, OON (born February 18, 1990), is a Dutch professional baseball shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Cincinnati Reds in 2012 and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013 and 2014.ESPN Major League Baseball
ESPN Major League Baseball is a presentation of Major League Baseball on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN's MLB coverage debuted on April 9, 1990 with three Opening Day telecasts. ESPN Major League Baseball is guaranteed to remain on air until 2021. Starting in 2014, ESPN will return to broadcasting postseason baseball. ESPN has rights to any potential tiebreaker games (Game 163) and one of the two wild card games (Turner Sports receiving the other game).
The different weekly regular-season packages that ESPN presents (as of 2014) are Sunday Night Baseball, Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball. The network also airs select games on Opening Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.
In addition to regular-season games, ESPN also airs several spring training games per year, the Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game and Home Run Derby played the week of the All-Star Game, and (as of 2014) one of the two Wild Card games each postseason. ESPN also airs a weekly highlight show called Baseball Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on Sundays as a lead-in to Sunday Night Baseball; previously it was a daily program until 2017, when layoffs cut back the show’s airing to Sundays.
ESPN Radio has also been airing Major League Baseball since 1998 (succeeding CBS Radio), broadcasting Sunday Night Baseball as well as select other regular-season games, the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, and the entire postseason including the Wild Card Game, Division Series, League Championship Series, and World Series.John Tumpane
John Francis Tumpane (born May 4, 1983) is a Major League Baseball umpire wearing number 74. Tumpane made his major league umpiring debut on August 2, 2010. He umpired in six major league games in 2010, and returned in 2011, umpiring in 68 games. On July 1, 2016, Tumpane was promoted to the full–time MLB umpiring staff.Luis Severino
Luis Severino (born February 20, 1994) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his Major League debut in 2015. After a rough 2016 season, he broke out as one of the league's best pitchers in 2017, being named an All-Star and finishing third in the American League Cy Young Award vote.Mike Winters
Michael John Winters (born November 19, 1958) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the National League from 1988 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues since 2000, wearing number 33. For the 2011 season, Winters was named a crew chief following the retirements of Jerry Crawford, Mike Reilly, and Chuck Meriwether.Tripp Gibson
Hal Harrison Gibson III, known as Tripp Gibson (born August 5, 1981) is a Major League Baseball umpire who wears uniform number 73. Gibson's first Major League game was July 8, 2013 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. He was promoted to a full-time position in January 2015. Prior to his hiring, he worked as a substitute teacher during the offseason.Gibson worked his first postseason in 2017, umpiring in the 2017 American League Wild Card Game.
He has participated in UMPS CARE charity events, such as bowling and golf tournaments, as well as visiting injured soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center.
Part of the 2017 Major League Baseball season
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