NEW YORK Gary Sanchez had gone 10 games without a home run, cooling off after he went deep 11 times in 15 games on his way to becoming the first catcher to be both American League Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month in August.The drought is over, and in emphatic fashion. Sanchez’s moonshot off the Rays’ Blake Snell in the second inning Friday night was https://www.brewersedges.com/milwaukee-brewers/corey-knebel-jersey measured by Statcast at 418 feet, a figure that seemed debatable given how high it sailed over the 408 foot sign in dead center field before bouncing off the restaurant windows above Monument Park.MORE: Baseball’s 12 worst September collapses, rankedSanchez’s homer was a distant memory by the time the Yankees finally wrapped up their 7-5 win over the Rays in a game that featured three rain delays and ended at 12:12 a.m. Saturday. In helping the Yankees cut their deficit in the wild-card race to one game, the monster home run may not even have been the most impre sive thing Sanchez did. In the fourth inning, with the Yankees up 3-2, Corey Dickerson was on second base with two outs when Bobby Wilson came to the plate for Tampa Bay. On the first pitch from Michael Pineda, Sanchez attempted a rarelyseen and even more rarely succe sful pickoff play Matt Garza Jersey acro s the diamond. The 23-year-old catcher fired from his knees and the play was not even particularly close, as Starlin Castro comfortably applied the tag to end the inning.It’s a throw that a lot of catchers can’t make because they don’t have the arm strength, said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, himself a former catcher. Gary has incredible arm strength. That will get around as time goes on. It’s not easy to do. There’s a handful of guys that can do it at that level, and he’s one of them.There arealso only a handful of guys who can hit the ball where Sanchez hit it for the 12th home run of his rookie season. So, which play gave Sanchez more pride?Los dos, Sanchez said before an interpreter could finish translating the question.Both, the interpreter said.MORE: Clayton Kershaw lasts just three innings in return from DLThat makes sense, because who wouldn’t be proud to hit a ball like that? But the throw? You could go a long time without seeing a catcher pick off a runner at second base, let alone as cleanly as Sanchez did.There’s a plan between us, Sanchez said through the interpreter. If they see that the runner is taking a big lead, there’s a sign, and they’ll let me know and I’ll make the throw.An important part of making that throw work is the pitcher not mucking things up by plucking the ball out of the air en route to second base. It’s not like a stolen https://www.brewersedges.com/milwaukee-brewers/stephen-vogt-jersey base, where the infielders are yelling. Secrecy is key on a pickoff play.We always have a plan, Pineda said. We know he has a great arm, and before the game, we’re always talking about it, he says, ‘If they have a runner on second, and they get a little lead, be careful because I want to throw.’Sanchez got the chance he wanted and made the most of it, making a play you hardly ever see to help the Yankees carry on with an even rarer playoff push by a team that was a seller at the trade deadline.