Irrespective of how dangerous Gleyber Torres might have checked out occasions this season, Aaron Boone remained assured within the younger shortstop.
And even because the common season neared an finish and Torres continued to be unproductive with only one hit in his remaining 14 at-bats, Boone remained sure Torres would proper himself through the playoffs.
It appears Boone was proper.
Torres has been one of many Yankees’ greatest hitters this October and offered maybe their largest hit of the playoffs together with his monstrous two-run homer off Ryan Yarbrough within the backside of the sixth inning of their 5-2 win Thursday over Tampa Bay in Sport 4 of the ALDS at Petco Park in San Diego to power Sport 5.
“I by no means really feel strain,’’ Torres mentioned. “I prefer to play with 40,000 individuals within the stands and it’s loud.”
That must wait, however Torres wasn’t bothered by the shortage of a crowd.
The shortstop walked within the Yankees’ two-run second, however he made his actual influence with the Yankees holding onto a one-run lead within the sixth, seemingly unable their bullpen any cushion.
After Torres fouled a ball off his calf in his earlier at-bat, leaving him hobbled, he stayed within the recreation and got here up once more within the sixth, searching for the identical pitch — a cutter.
When he received it, Torres turned on it and the one query was whether or not it could keep truthful.
“It was only a matter of time,’’ Luke Voit mentioned. “I knew Gleyber was gonna do one thing massive.”
After Voit despatched a ball to the monitor in middle to start out the underside of the sixth, Brett Gardner singled to carry up Torres, who turned on the pitch and blasted a towering shot for the fifth postseason homer of his profession.
Then Torres added a single within the eighth, stole a base and scored on Kyle Higashioka’s single. He’s reached base in 16 of 27 plate appearances in six video games this postseason. He’s additionally reached base in 18 of his 20 playoff video games.