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Gary Sanchez blasts longest slam since 2015, lifts Yankees over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO – Gary Sanchez picked a grand time for his breakout moment.

Hitless in 11 plate appearances since coming off the injured list on Wednesday, the slugging catcher belted a grand slam on Saturday afternoon at Oracle Park.

The ball traveled an estimated 467 feet and was the signature blow in the Yankees’ 6-4 win against the Giants before 33,971 fans.

Sanchez’s shot to left field off lefty starter Derek Holland highlighted a five-run fifth inning for the Yankees, winners of eight of their last nine games.

According to MLB.com, Sanchez’s blast was the longest grand slam ever tracked by Statcast (since 2015).

Entering that at-bat, Sanchez was 0-for-9 with two walks an seven strikeouts since coming off the IL, including two Ks on Saturday. 

Aaron Boone’s club will attempt to sweep the interleague series on Sunday, with Domingo German opposing Dereck Rodriguez.

On Saturday, J.A. Happ dialed in his best start of the season, pitching seven scoreless innings and winning his first game of the year.

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DJ LeMahieu added had an RBI single in the third and Luke Voit extended his on-base streak to 38 games (currently the majors longest such streak) dating to last season by getting hit with a pitch with the bases loaded before Sanchez’s seventh homer of the year.

The Yankees (16-11) held a 6-0 lead in the ninth when ex-Yankee Yangervis Solarte drilled a three-run homer off Luis Cessa and pinch-hitter Erik Kratz – another ex-Yankee – knocked a solo home run for the Giants (11-16).

Aroldis Chapman had to be summoned to get the final out. 

 

 

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