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Monday, August 19, 2019

Gary Sanchez hits RBI sac fly on intentional walk pitch

Gary Sanchez walk

Gary Sanchez is so hot right now that he can even drive in runs when teams are trying to walk him.

Sanchez continued his torrid ways with a solo home run in the sixth inning of the Yankees’ 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. In light of Sanchez’s home run and .700-plus slugging percentage, the team decided to take advantage of an empty base and intentionally walk Sanchez in the 8th with the score 3-1.

Instead, Sanchez swung at the first pitch from Enny Romero and sent a deep fly ball to center, which was enough to score a run:

Credit to Sanchez for being alert despite knowing the Rays were trying to walk him. If they’re going to loft a 53-mph lollipop up there that’s too close to the strike zone, why not go after it?

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