Despite going down early against the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees rallied to win the American League Wild Card Game 8-4 on Tuesday night, and they owe a great deal of credit to two players they acquired from the Chicago White Sox.
Relief pitchers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, both acquired in a deal just before the trade deadline with the White Sox, combined to throw six shutout innings as the Yankees advanced to an ALDS showdown with the Cleveland Indians.
Robertson was especially effective in the game, pitching three and a third innings and striking out five batters on 52 pitches. He was credited with the win as the Yankees advanced to the ALDS round.
Kahnle had to come in during the sixth inning to squelch a potential Minnesota rally, and that’s exactly what he did. He gave up no hits and struck out a batter in two and a third innings on the mound, and he picked up his first hold of the postseason with his effort.
Kahnle and Roberston, along with infielder Todd Frazier, were dealt to the Yankees in a blockbuster swap earlier this year. In exchange, the White Sox got back outfielder Blake Rutherford, reliever Tyler Clippard, and minor league outfielder Tito Polo.
The Yankees and Indians will get underway from Progressive Field on Thursday night as they begin the ALDS.