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The Yankees Knocked In 10+ Runs For The First Time in FOREVER; Also Welcome Back Aaron Hicks As Clint Frazier Heads To The DL

Believe it or not, scoring 11 runs on 17 hits is actually fun. The Yankees scored 10+ runs for the first time since JUNE 30th. June 30th!!!! The offense jumped out early with a few solo shots, but it became obvious quickly that they were going to need more than a few solo homers to win the game.

It seemed like for the past week, someone would lead off an inning with a double and get stranded after three infield pop outs, but finally in the 5th inning the Bombers got a real life hit with a runner in scoring position.

Frazier went on to collect three hits on the day, driving in three men in what was easily his best day as a Yankee thus far. It was awesome to see the bats actually produce for a change. Garrett Cooper was a force to be reckon with himself, going 2 for 5 with a few RBIs, raising his batting average to .364. Now granted this wasn’t against the fiercest of starters in the world, Nick Tepesch, but it’s been a bit of a struggle to drive runners in of late against anyone. Tanaka wasn’t as sharp as he’s been of late, but the bullpen for the most part did their job to keep the Jays at bay.

Tonight, Sonny Gray makes his second start as a Yankee, up against Marco Estrada. New York rocked him in early July so hopefully that means they can steal this series in Toronto and roll into the huge weekend set with Boston with some confidence. They’ll be doing it without Clint Frazier who was placed on the 10 Day DL with a pulled oblique. Frazier was trying to play through it the last few days, but that injury can be tricky and made worse with the slightest of movements. He’d been struggling of late at the plate, and with Aaron Hicks coming back from the mend it didn’t seem like the worst move. Get Clint ready to go for September and bring him back at 100% health for the final playoff push, meanwhile welcome back Aaron Hicks.

Adding Aaron Hicks to this lineup is a huge boost to both the offense and defense. Before the injury, Hicks was a borderline All Star who was hitting everything that came at him. I’m pumped to get him back with two months to go, especially in time for the Boston series this weekend. It was weird the Yanks were involved with the Jay Bruce talks the last few days. The lineup is fine, they just need to start hitting consistently with runners in scoring position. It’s baseball, you go through ups and downs with that type of stuff so it’s only a matter of time before the bats really start to wake up. It does make you think, if they were in on Jay Bruce what else are they poking their nose in? Mike Napoli’s name comes to mind, but who knows.

P.S. Somebody needs to teach Gary Sanchez about how to get a runner out in a rundown.

Baseball 101: Run the runner back to the bag he was at and for the love of God don’t allow him a chance at scoring….Jesus Christ Gary we’re not playing hot potato.