Gregorius — facing Indians ace Corey Kluber for the second time in six days — 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.
Since the start of Game 2 — 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.
It was Gregorius’ second homer of the postseason, as he hit a three-run homer in the first inning of the Yankees’ 8-4 win over the Twins in the AL Wild Card Game.
Kluber, coming off one of the worst starts of his career in Game 2, struck out Sanchez to end the 14-pitch first inning.
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.