Monday night was nothing short of amazing, especially for the Yankees fans of upstate New York who are familiar with the local pitcher in pinstripes, Tommy Kahnle.
In last night’s match up, the Yankees pulled through to force a decisive game 5 set for Wednesday night in Cleveland. This playoff series, across all teams competing, has been a little unusual as a lot of teams have had to use star pitchers way sooner than expected due to high-scoring games and honestly a lot of nail biters.
In last night’s game, we saw Luis Severino give the Yankees a strong seven innings after his terrible debut in the wild card game. The night before, closer Aroldis Chapman pitched, so Girardi went to native 518-er Tommy Kahnle to get the job done, and he did just that. Kahnle took care of business in the 8th and had Yankee Stadium rocking.
Girardi decided to keep Kahnle in for the 9th and he put on a performance he’ll never forget by striking out the side and helping end the game. This is the reason the Bronx Bombers traded for him, they needed a shut-down relief pitcher.
The 28-year-old Latham native was drafted by the Yankees in the 5th round of the 2010 draft, and made his professional debut in the Yankees minor league system on the Staten Island Yankees, a short season single A team.
Capital Region fans would have gotten a glimpse of the local product when they faced the Tri-City ValleyCats, Houston Astros farm team and fellow member of the NY Penn League. Kahnle has played actually played for a few teams since getting drafted: hopping around to the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago White Sox before coming back full circle with the Yankees.
It’s always awesome to see local talent make it big, especially when the season starts to heat up again in the playoffs and that hometown hero can help make history by performing well to keep their team in the running for the championship.
For the Yankees, the team is ready to go with the bullpen is fully rested heading into Wednesday’s game. C.C. Sabathia will take the mound to face off against Cleveland’s Corey Kluber. This series has been a roller coaster full of emotions, and actually so has the entire playoffs so far. So let’s keep it up but don’t forget to root for the Yankees.
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