He can’t be the Yankees’ most beneficial participant thus far, not with Gerrit Cole on the roster, and “best hitter” doesn’t fairly reduce it both, even on this workforce’s diminished offensive state.
Yet Gio Urshela deserves some form of honorary title for his 2021 efforts thus far, for constructing on his sturdy pinstriped basis of 2019-20, so how about this:
The persistently dependable performer who retains the entire operation from falling apart.
Another turbulent day within the Yankees’ universe featured a cheerful ending because of Urshela, whose pinch-hit, three-run, seventh-inning homer, punctuating a nine-pitch at-bat, elevated his club to a 5-4 victory over the Orioles, rewarding the Yankees loyalists who traveled right down to Orioles Park at Camden Yards and — no small matter — protecting up for some ugly baseball that preceded it.
“I think that’s a good way of putting it. He has been an absolute glue guy for us,” Aaron Boone stated of Urshela. “He’s hit everywhere in the order for us. Gotten a ton of big hits. And obviously special defensively for us as well.”
“I’m just trying to keep that confidence that I’ve been working on the last couple of years, bring that confidence every single day that I play,” Urshela stated. “That’s all that I’m trying to do.”
The victory erased the stench of Thursday evening’s 9-1 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field and eased the ache of neither Aaron Hicks (torn tendon sheath in left wrist) nor Giancarlo Stanton (left quad tightness) being available. Hicks’ particular damage is a critical concern and something with Stanton typically units off alarms. Gleyber Torres, furthermore, missed one other recreation attributable to his optimistic COVID-19 take a look at, though it seems like he is likely to be the quickest to return.
Urshela, who didn’t begin the sport attributable to his personal lingering left knee ailment, bought the decision from Boone within the seventh after Miguel Andujar singled and Kyle Higashioka walked with one out, after the O’s had put collectively a three-run fifth inning towards Corey Kluber to leap forward, 4-2. To that juncture, the competition had been outlined by Yankees sloppiness, from Clint Frazier’s baffling baserunning within the fourth to a really questionable dropping replay problem to Tyler Wade’s incapability to place down a fifth-inning bunt or catch an Aaron Judge throw within the fifth. With Wade’s flip coming, Boone fired his Urshela bullet. Said the supervisor: “I’m glad I had that sitting over there tonight as a weapon, obviously.”
Orioles supervisor Brandon Hyde known as upon Travis Lakins to alleviate Cole Sulser, and the right-hander gave it his all, firing off a mix of four-seam fastballs and cutters to get forward, 1-and-2, and preserve Urshela on his toes. Urshela, nonetheless, proved as much as the duty, taking a look at ball two after which fouling off 4 straight pitches.
“I know this is a pitcher who throws a lot of cutters, so I’ve gotta be ready for that cutter,” Urshela stated. “… He threw me one on the outside corner and I hit it.”
Yes, he went with it, to right-center subject, 414 toes, catapulting the Yankees forward, a three-run homer within the metropolis the place Earl Weaver rode that car to the Hall of Fame.
“That was the swing of the night right there,” stated Aaron Judge, who contributed a pair of solo homers.
Nine outs later, courtesy of Chad Green, Wandy Peralta and Jonathan Loaisiga, the Yankees had their 14th win in 20 video games.
Urshela stated afterward that his knee felt higher and he’d begin Saturday evening’s recreation, a reduction for the Yankees. As their lineup has struggled mightily, with some key guys underperforming and others not accessible, nobody has produced extra steadily than Urshela, and we’re simply now getting round to his defensive excellence.
“He’s just a consistent all-around player,” Judge stated of his teammate. “… He’s a lot like DJ [LeMahieu], another guy like him who comes up with big hits, ready to work every day.”
Ready to make this workforce’s ambitions stick like glue.