Every time Gleyber Torres will get to first base, he talks to first base coach Reggie Willits about what to search for. It paid off Thursday, as Torres scored from first on an incredible scamper around the bases on Aaron Hicks’ infield single within the backside of the eighth in opposition to the Astros.
After main off with a single via the shift on the precise aspect, Torres noticed that with third baseman Alex Bregman at second base, nobody was overlaying third on Hicks’ hit. He took off for third and when catcher Martin Maldonado ran down the road to get to 3rd, it allowed Torres to run house, as pitcher Ryan Pressly watched from the mound.
Torres’ hustle bought the Yankees to inside a run, however they wound up losing, 7-4.
“It was an extremely heads-up play,’’ Aaron Boone stated.
The key, Torres stated, was noticing that Pressly didn’t transfer on the play, though Houston supervisor Dusty Baker stated first baseman Yuli Gurriel ought to have coated house after Maldonado left for third.
“I knew nobody was at home plate,” Torres stated. “I just kept running and believed Maldonado [couldn’t] run back to home plate. I wanted to take advantage of that opportunity.”
He didn’t discover third base coach Phil Nevin attempting to carry him at third.
It’s a state of affairs Torres stated the Yankees observe typically and so they regularly remind pitchers to cowl third base.
Giancarlo Stanton continued to be the hottest hitter on the planet, belting his ninth homer of the season — and his third in as many video games.
The third-inning blast off Lance McCullers Jr. was estimated at 437 toes and put the Yankees forward. It additionally prolonged his hitting streak to 12 video games — all whereas within the two-spot within the lineup.
After flipping Stanton and Aaron Judge within the lineup on April 23 in Cleveland, Boone stated the transfer was made to combine issues up, however added the 2 sluggers are “somewhat interchangeable.”
Stanton hit two homers in that first recreation and hasn’t appeared again, hitting .500 (24-for-48) with 5 homers, 4 doubles, 10 RBIs, two walks and eight strikeouts with an OPS of 1.416 going into Thursday.
“He went into the two-hole and began actually raking,’’ Boone stated with a smile. “I have a look at it extra as a very good hitter getting it rolling. Had he been hitting two, 4, three, no matter, I really feel like we’d be in the identical place.
“With that being said, there’s no denying what he’s meant in that two-hole and I think I’m gonna keep him there for a little bit.”
And the supervisor insisted there was no grand plan behind the swap, saying it was “a little bit for the heck of it.”
“Honestly, we got off to a tough start offensively for the first two weeks of the season as a group, so it was a little bit changing things up,” Boone stated.
After the homer, Stanton struck out twice and hit right into a game-ending double play. It’s the primary time he struck out greater than as soon as in a recreation since April 20, when he’d finished it in 4 straight video games.
Aaron Hicks had three hits. He pulled up on his eighth-inning single and remained within the recreation after being checked by the coaching employees. Boone stated the middle fielder cramped in each legs. Boone stated he had a dialog with Clint Frazier after Wednesday’s recreation about retaining his bat within the zone longer. Frazier responded Thursday by snapping a 5-for-59 droop with a homer to proper within the fourth.
With Luke Voit still rehabbing from left knee surgical procedure, Mike Ford continued to battle, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He’s now 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts since a homer on April 28. Asked if he was being too selective on the plate, Boone stated he thought Ford’s method was advantageous as a result of his plate self-discipline is “what provides him an opportunity of being an impactful hitter right here,’’ alongside together with his energy to proper discipline.
Luis Severino is scheduled to face dwell hitters subsequent week for the primary time in his comeback from last year’s Tommy John surgery. The Yankees have stated he’s anticipated again in some unspecified time in the future “this summer,” and Boone declined to slender that down, however stated the right-hander is “progressing like we’d hoped.”