If you can throw homers back to back, you can never lose a game. Yankees proved this statement when they won 5-4 over White Sox Tuesday night owing to the walk-off homer by Neil Walkers. Out of their last eleven games, they have won nine and sixteen out of 22 last games. Yankees are topping the season tying up 36 games over .500 at 84-48.
The White Sox were leading 4-0 to the sixth inning but Yankees turns the ball in their court with two two-run homers. They were successful in tying the game in the eighth inning. Miguel Andujar’s home run gave the head start to the homers streak and Yankees went 0 to 2 runs. After that Aaron Hicks join in the part and gave a splendid hit, a two-run home run to right and tied the game.
After that Walker took the bat and made a contribution to the Yankees Walk-off homer wins. This was his second walk-off homer in his big league career, the other one was with the Pirates way back in 2014 though he did hit a walk-off single in a game against athletics a few weeks ago.
This win was the 7th in line of walk-off wins for the Yankees during this season and the fourth walk-off home run the other three belong to Stanton from Mariners, Gleyber Torres from Indians, and Gary Sanchez from Twins.
Though this win donates a lot in uplifting Yankees considering the sluggish play they have been throwing our way from last a few games there are other things that are to play a major role in their elevation as well. It seems that the Yankees players have had enough of the DL and now are getting ready to get back to action.
All-start slugger Aaron Judge has partaken base running and few fielding drills at the Yankees Stadium on Monday for about half hour with the team staff keeping a constant eye on him all the while.
“Just gradually starting to introduce some baseball-type activities,” manager Aaron Boone said of Judge. “It feels like, hopefully, he’s improving a little bit.”
Judge has not swung a single bat since the 26thj of July when he received a hard hit on the right wrist causing a fracture by Jakob Junis of Kansas City Royals. He is hitting .285 next to 26 home runs and 61 RBIs.
“We just haven’t gone to the next level of really starting to swing the bat yet,” Boone said. “That’s been trending in the right direction but has been something that’s moved kind of slow.”
The Yankees were anticipating for the All-Star to return within the three week time after his injury but the prediction fell to actually being fulfilled. Even though he has hit some field balls on Monday he still has not let his right arm loose on any of the throws.
“He’s not throwing the ball (at) full intensity because I think that’s along the lines of really starting to hit,” Boone said. “When you’re cutting it loose there, that’s the motion of that, you’re going to feel that.”
In addition to this happy news, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius are also showing the signs of the recovery. Sanchez began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday night and homered in his first at-bat. He has a .188 batting average with 14 homers that’s not much to be a big deal but it is hoped that his recovery will result in his improvement at bat as well.
“I just feel like his conditioning is at a really, really good level,” Boone said. “To me, it’s the best it’s been all year.”
Suffering from a left heel contusion for a week now, Didi left heel contusion, hit a tee on Monday. He is hitting .270 with 22 homers and 74 RBIs.
“He’s doing well,” Boone said. “We’ve seen significant improvement with him every day.”