There are games that big league players never forget, no matter how long they play.
Kyle Higashioka had one of them on Wednesday night when the career backup player, who had dropped out of the Yankees’ 40 men list five years ago and returned a dozen days later, pulled out three households and led the Yankees to 13. 2 Blue Jays crash in the Bronx.
Catching Gerrit Cole for the third straight game, Higashioka hit a double homer in the third inning, flew to the warning track in the fourth, hit basically an empty homer in the sixth and a double homer in the seventh.
“I think at the moment, the way he’s swinging, I could be his personal pitcher,”
The Yankees tied their season at their highest with a seventh straight win, followed by a 20-6 whipping of the Blue Jays on Tuesday night when they hit six homers. They reached that by Wednesday.
In addition to the Higashioka power show, DJ LeMahieu hit two homers, and Clint Fraser and Luke Voight added one each. Voit leads with 19 in the major.
Higashioka started the night with seven major league homers in 178 bats and is considered the first hunter in defense with a bit of pop if the pitchers miss the inside half.
“He’s an elite receiver, I mean, he has amazing hands behind the board,” Aaron Boone said of the 30-year-old Higashioka, who was the seventh round of the Yankees in the 2008 draft. “And he has strength on the plate.” There is potential for energy that is inside and you have seen it manifest tonight. “
The first three hits in the Big League of Higashioka were homers, but the first stopped trying to indoctrinate the majors, so hitting three on Wednesday night topped the top three.
“I think he could be number one. The first three came after 0 to 22 and were three hits over 12 bats, “said Higashioka, who did not miss joining Lou Gehrig as the only Yankee to hit four homers in play as he flew to the warning lane on the left in the fourth. inning.
Overshadowed by Higashioka’s muscle was Cole’s second solid outing, in which he allowed one run and three hits in seven innings. He is 5-3 with a 3.00 ERA and posted his 100th career victory.
The victory pushed the Yankees within three lengths of the leading rays of AL East. The deficit of three games is actually four, as Reiss won the season series against the Yankees and holds the tiebreak.
With the remaining 11 games, the Yankees have a 1 game advantage over the Blue Jays in the race for second place, leading to automatic bidding for the tournament after the season.
Higashioka became the 23rd player to hit three or more homers in a regular game in Yankee history. Among the members of this Higashioka fraternity were Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Alex Rodriguez.
“What a performance. He has such power. I think he did great as he was aggressive with the fast ball. He didn’t miss the terrain he had polluted the other day, “Boone said. “Great job behind the plate and one night on the plate that he will remember forever.”
And an enhanced thing that every player knows.
“It’s crazy how baseball sometimes works,” said Higashioka, who started hitting .188 (6 -32) at night. “One minute you can’t hit the ball to save your life, and the next game you play, you throw three over the fence. This is kind of crazy, but we hope that as a team we continue to wave the bats well. “