The New York Yankees overcame a tough Toronto Blue Jays squad on Tuesday night, courtesy of fantastic hitting in the latter portion of the game. While slugger Aaron Judge will gain most of the headlines for his fantastic performance, utilityman Marwin Gonzalez also stood out as a key player in the win.
Gonzalez has waited patiently for his opportunity to make an impact this season, and with his ability to play multiple positions, including every infield and outfield spot, he’s a perfect supplemental option.
With Joey Gallo suffering a left groin injury several days ago, Gonzalez started for the Yankees in left field, picking up two hits and an RBI against Toronto. Gonzalez hit a deep double to left-centerfield, driving in Josh Donaldson in the 7th inning. Jose Trevino grounded into a fielder’s choice, but Gonzalez escaped the tag running to home plate, which was actually a bad call.
Manager Aaron Boone had great things to say about Gonzalez and his preparation, noting that he is trustworthy.
“He’s prepared,’’ Aaron Boone said of Gonzalez, per the NY Post. “It’s so comforting having him there, with his experience and moxie. He’s a trustworthy, quality big-leaguer you can throw in any situation and know he’s gonna handle it.”
Considering how well Gonzalez performed in the absence of Gallo, the Yankees may continue to roll with their current lineup and not make too many drastic changes. However, Boone also indicated that Gallo will not head to the injured list, which is great news considering the struggling slugger had put together several solid performances before going down.
“I don’t think so,’’ Boone said. “I’m thinking he’s good. … I think we’re through it.”
Gallo is currently hitting .180 on the season with two homers and three RBIs, but the majority of his production has come in the past week or so.
Over Joey’s last five games, he’s recorded four hits and two RBIs, including two homers. In fact, he hasn’t struck out and over two games, indicating a potential shift in his luck.