New York Yankees: Gleyber Torres Picking up Slack in Absence of Injured Starters

Apr 4, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees needed an offensive day on the book and boy did they get one out of shortstop Gleyber Torres on Thursday afternoon.

The regular second baseman was filling in for the injured Troy Tulowitzki at short when he came through with a historic performance – helping the Yankees avoid the worst seven-game start in the last 28 years.

Torres went 4-for-4 against the Baltimore Orioles in the come from behind win (8-4). He earned two homers — a solo and three-run jack in the sixth inning. He also collected a single and double in the breath-taking performance, earning four RBIs at the end of the day.

After starting the season 2-4 and striking out 18 times in a single game against the Detroit Tigers earlier in the week, it was time for the offense to begin producing.

There’s no question that Torres single-handedly won this game for the Bombers. Aaron Judge struck out four times, thrice looking – the only other consistent hitter in the lineup.

Other than the needed offensive production, starting pitcher James Paxton had a less than stellar day, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings.

What lies ahead for the New York Yankees?

The Bombers will take on the Orioles two more times this week in Baltimore before they travel to the Houston Astros who are struggling even more. Houston is 2-5 in their first seven games of the season and will attempt to claw their way back into the positive against an injury-riddled Yankees team.

Hopefully, they can see Aaron Hicks back into his starting position in center field. He resumed baseball activities on Thursday morning.