The surprising surge of Aaron Hicks continues. Hicks, who struggled last year to a .217-8-31 mark, already has more HR and RBI than last year, and is hitting 100 points higher.
His two homers, combined with one by Starlin Castro, helped power the Yanks to an 8-2 win over Baltimore Friday night to put the Yanks at 35-23 on the season and maintain their 3-game lead in the AL East.
Baltimore got their only two runs in the game in the top of the second on a 2-run HR by Jonathan Schoop off Yanks’ starter and winner Jordan Montgomery. Schoop is a Yankee-killer. He always seems to kill the Yanks.
Montgomery was great, going seven innings and only making that one mistake.
The Yanks tied the game right away in the bottom of the second when Castro homered (10), Sanchez doubled, and two fly balls moved Sanchez up and in, SF by Headley.
Hicks hit a solo HR in the sixth to break the tie.
In the seventh, he hit his second HR of the game, and tenth of the season, a 2-run shot, to make it 5-2. Judge then walked and scored on a double by Holliday.
In the eighth, Sanchez and Gregorius singled, and Headley walked to load the bases. Austin Romine’s 2-run single accounted for the final score of 8-2.
Gardner 2 hits.
Hicks 2 HR, 3 RBI
Holliday 2 hits, rbi.
Sanchez 2 hits
Romine 2 RBI
I listed most of the lineup in highlights, which you love to see. Also nice, a starter going deep into the game.
Montgomery (W, 4-4, 3.55) 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 w, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.80
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.24