The Yankees offense has been the source of ridicule and frustration. Highly inconsistent and especially inept with runners in scoring position since the All Star Break. Yankees manager Joe Girardi has mixed and matched, pinch hit and adjusted the lineup order almost daily, amidst the injuries and hot and cold hitters, coupled with the slumping Aaron Judge. But tonight in the heated Boston – New York rivalry, the Yankees offense finally showed up after what seemed like another night of impotent flailing at various pitches from Red Sox’s starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, to come back in the 8th inning for a 5-4 victory.
Many in the organization and Yankees fans have been waiting for Aaron Hicks to return from his oblique injury. He had impressive stats across the board before he was sent to the DL, but many thought he was overrated and that the crowd favorite Clint Frazier should have a permanent spot in the lineup. Ironically Frazier also pulled his oblique and thus, made it easy for Aaron Hicks to slide into the lineup starting yesterday, a day earlier than desired. Although he did not come through yesterday, tonight Hicks hit a huge 2-run homer in the 8th that barely flew into the short right field porch while the hapless Yankees were trailing 3-0. Newcomer Jaime Garci had a courageous start despite not having the best control, and yet another great bullpen outing by Adam Warren. This was right after Brett Gardner earned a free base via hit by pitch that needed a critical video review to confirm.
After the Yankees pulled to 3-2, they got a hit from Gary Sanchez, a walk from Aaron Judge, and then another single from the red hot Didi that scored the hustling Sanchez. Then following a strikeout by Chase Headley, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a single for the go ahead run and Ronald Torreys hit a sac fly to send Didi home for the insurance.
Aroldis Chapman made it interesting in the top of the 9th by walking the bases loaded, but was bailed out by a double play on a fly out. Aaron Hicks caught it and threw out ex-Yankee Eduardo Nunez, earned him two much needed outs in one play. A run scored on the play, but then he incurred Mitch Moreland to fly out and complete the epic comeback win.
Tonight’s MVP? No doubt, welcome back Aaron Hicks.