KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Gleyber Torres wasn’t the only Yankee who thought about hitting a ninth-inning homer to break up Thursday’s tie game at Baltimore.“I wanted to get up and hit a homer,’’ said Aaron Hicks, who wound up drawing the bases-loaded walk that forced in the go-ahead run in a 6-5 win.And after Orioles’ right-hander Mychal Givens made him skip out of the way with two inside pitches, Hicks admitted getting a little more fired up.“I feel like if anyone throws in like that, it’s for a purpose, yeah. It’s going to jack me up for sure,’’ Hicks said. “I want to break the game open.’’
Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about the Yankees four-game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore on Thursday, May 23, 2019 Pete Caldera, Staff Writer, @pcaldera
Hicks went ahead 3-and-0 before the count ran full.“Got a pitch (to hit on) 3-and-1 and just missed it,’’ said Hicks who is still trying to find his timing since coming off the injured list last week due to a strained lower back.Through seven games, Hicks is 5-for-26 (.192) with 10 strikeouts, six walks and a homer.On Thursday, the switch-hitting Hicks went 1-for-4 before the walk. His one hit would have been a homer a Yankee Stadium, slamming off the right field wall at Camden Yards for a single.When they'll be back: Yankees injury list: Tracking when the players will returnAnd he misplayed a ball in center field for a triple early in the game, breaking in on a ball that sailed over his head. It did not lead to a run, and the Yankees wound up with a four-game sweep of the dreadful O’s.
On Thursday, Torres and Gary Sanchez – who have combined for 19 homers against Baltimore this year – began the game on the bench, but were part of the winning rally as pinch-hitters."We're a team that's going to score runs," Hicks said of a team still waiting on Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge. "From top to bottom, we're going to do damage."That's the great thing about our team, is that guys can take rest days, like I did (on Wednesday), and still win ball games."