Yankees latest weapons: Aaron Hicks, Miguel Andujar and Ronald Torreyes?
One game after his return from the DL, Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks exploded for two homers, one inside the park, for three RBI while going 3-for-3, leading the Bombers to an 8-6 win over the Tigers.
On Friday night, switch-hitter Aaron Hicks played for the first time since opening day, displaying some of his 2017 first-half form and was a ray of hope for a consistently inconsistent Yankees team, and their struggling bullpen.
The Yanks had a few other bright spots that emerged in their win. Miguel Andujar finally put good wood on the ball and went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, scoring twice.
Another notable performance came from Ronald Torreyes, who slashed three hits in four attempts, driving in one run. Toe is now hitting .429 in the eight games he has played for Bombers this year.
Jordan Montgomery goes six innings, allows three runs and strikes out four
Montgomery’s solid pitching was another welcome piece of good news. The Yankee southpaw tossed six innings of one-run ball before being removed in the seventh inning — this after throwing just 91 pitches, however, Monty allowed hits to the first two batters of the inning.
The two additional runs charged to him were scored on two hits given up by David Robertson who replaced Monty. D-Rob then allowed the men on base to score before retiring the side. All-in-all, it was not a pretty relief appearance by Houdini.
Dellin Betances was a disaster in the eighth inning, continuing his erratic form. D-Dawg gave up five hits and three runs, fanning two batters before being bailed out by Chad Green, who got the last out, stranding the tying runs on base.
Aroldis Chapman was brilliant and the last piece of good news, blowing away all three hitters he faced. The final strikeout victim was former triple crown winner, Miggy Cabrera, as Chappy picking up his second save of the year.
Aaron Judge extends his hitting streak to 11 games going 1-4 with an RBI and a run scored
The Yankees superstar is now hitting a torrid .340 with three homers, nine RBI and an OPS of 1.371. Remember when most “baseball people” predicted regression for the 25-year-old in his second full season? I’m pretty sure he’s getting better.
To round out the highlights and low-lights of the game; Brett Gardner went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored while Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-5 with 2K, leaving five men on base.
The reigning NL MVP is still finding his timing, as much of the same can be said for Gary Sanchez, who went 1-for-5 with 2K, leaving four Yankees on base.
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Aaron Hicks will need to continue the form he displayed on Friday if the Yankees are to keep pace with a Red Sox team that doesn’t seem ready or willing to lose.