Didi Gregorius hits 2 homers in ALDS Game 5

ALCS Game 1: Friday, 8 p.m. ET on FS1

In the first, Gregorius sent a 1-2, 94-mph four-seam fastball high and deep into the right-field seats, silencing all but a small pocket of Yankees fans packed into Progressive Field. The two-out homer, which gave New York a 1-0 lead, had a 95 mph exit velocity and a 32 degree launch angle, according to Statcast™. It was projected to travel 375 feet.

Game Date Time Matchup TV
Gm 1 Oct. 13 8 p.m. NYY @ HOU FS1
Gm 2 Oct. 14 4 p.m. NYY @ HOU FOX
Gm 3 Oct. 16 8 p.m. HOU @ NYY FS1
Gm 4 Oct. 17 TBD HOU @ NYY FOX/FS1
*Gm 5 Oct. 18 TBD HOU @ NYY FOX/FS1
*Gm 6 Oct. 20 TBD NYY @ HOU FOX/FS1
*Gm 7 Oct. 21 TBD NYY @ HOU FOX/FS1

Gregorius — whose 25 regular-season homers were a Yankees shortstop record — struck again in the third inning. With one man on and one out, Gregorius sent Kluber’s 0-1 curve for a ride into right field. The blast, which also scored Brett Gardner, traveled out at 99 mph with a 31 degree launch angle, going a Statcast-projected 378 feet. Gregorius, who also hit a three-run homer in the first inning of the Yankees’ 8-4 win over the Twins in the AL Wild Card Game, has three home runs this postseason.

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Kluber, who gave up homers to Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks in Game 2, has now allowed multiple homers in back-to-back starts for the first time in his career. Gregorius is only the fourth player to take the Indians’ ace deep twice in the same game, joining the Rangers’ Rougned Odor (April 3, 2017), the A’s Matt Chapman (July 15, 2017) and the Tigers’ Justin Upton (Sept. 16, 2016). 

Gregorius is the fourth Yanks player to have a multihomer game in an ALDS. The last to do it was Raul Ibanez in Game 3 on Oct. 10, 2012, vs. Baltimore. Wednesday’s effort was the 24th time a Yankee hit more than one homer in a postseason game.

In winner-take-all postseason games, there have been just nine multihomer performances. Gregorius is the third Yankees player to do so, joining Yogi Berra (Game 7 of 1956 World Series) and Jason Giambi (Game 7 of the 2003 AL Championship Series).

Since the start of Game 2 on Friday — which New York lost, 9-8, in 13 innings after having a five-run lead into the sixth — the Yankees have only trailed in two innings of the ALDS. New York entered Game 5 having not trailed since the series shifted to the Bronx on Sunday, winning 1-0 and 7-3 to force an elimination game in Cleveland.

Brittany Ghiroli has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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