A bus was raining down on Gary Sanchez as he made the lone walk back to the dugout in the sixth inning Tuesday night.
The Yankee catcher just hit the second straight bat and by the end of his 0-for-4 Night, he had fallen even deeper in his postseason slump at a 4-1 loss to the Asters in Game 3 of ALCS at Yankee Stadium.
Sanchez disappeared, in a 2-for-21 tone with 10 penalties and three walks in these playoffs, failing to secure any offense for a team that needed him against the Astros' genealogy strike. He was 1-for-8 with three walks in the Yankees of the Twins, but with a thriving lineup around him, he didn't register as a pressing problem.
Now Sanchez's woes have come into the spotlight as one of the main culprits for the silent crime.
"Every bat I fight," Sanchez said through a translator. "I'm trying to make adjustments. I'm struggling to get back on track. ”
Sanchez struck twice against Gerrit Cole after jumping into false territory in his first bat. He later stepped into his final bat against Will Harris.
"I definitely felt better on the plate," Sanchez said. "I didn't get the results I wanted, but I'm working hard trying to get back on track. I will continue to work.
As if Sanchez's bat didn't disappoint the Yankees fans enough, his defense came early in the seventh inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Zach Britton threw the pots on his back to Julie Guriel's back. The first one went past Sanchez, but it didn't get very far thanks to a deviation from home plate American Kerwin Dunley. The second escaped again from blocking Sanchez and went all the way back, allowing Jose Altue to score from third base for a 3-0 lead by the Astros.
"Throughout the season, I was able to block them consistently," Sanchez said. "Unfortunately tonight, I couldn't."
The 26-year-old Sanchez, who is now batting .1
"I see Gary missing some parks," Boone said. "I had the feeling he had another good one to hit today and put it back in the net. He needs to take advantage of them – especially when faced with a similar ball team as they have, when you get a ball that you can handle, you need to make sure that it plays with authority, not the net. ”
– Additional reporting by Joel Sherman