Andrew Velazquez has spent loads of time at Yankee Stadium, however he by no means had a day like Tuesday.
The Bronx native belted a two-run single and made a pair of terrific performs at shortstop within the Yankees’ 5-3, seven-inning win over the Pink Sox within the first sport of Tuesday’s cut up doubleheader.
Requested about being again on the Stadium, the place he frolicked as a fan rising up within the Morris Park portion of The Bronx, Velazquez joked: “One other day. Simply higher seats.”
The Fordham Prep grad stated he had 11 folks within the stands — shut family and friends.
“It was good to have them there to witness that,’’ Velazquez stated.
The 27-year-old referred to as the afternoon “a end result of numerous issues. Loads of exhausting instances in baseball, however numerous good instances. That one hit made the whole lot price it.”
He was referred to as up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 9 to interchange Gleyber Torres, who stays on the IL with a sprained left thumb. And judging by the brace Torres wore whereas doing agility drills Tuesday morning, Velazquez figures to be round some time longer.
Torres added he’s nonetheless in ache and Aaron Boone has stated Torres gained’t start any baseball actions till he’s pain-free.
With Gio Urshela additionally out with a strained left hamstring, Velazquez has gotten loads of time at brief, with Tyler Wade and Rougned Odor at third, for the reason that Yankees want to maintain DJ LeMahieu at second base till he’s absolutely healed from the triceps damage he’s had since late final month.
It’s all led to Velazquez changing into one among an rising variety of stunning contributors to the Yankees’ second half run to the playoffs.
The seventh-round choose in 2012 of the Diamondbacks, Velazquez had performed within the majors for Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Baltimore earlier than he signed a minor league take care of the Yankees within the offseason.
He stated he ended up with the Yankees as a result of he appreciated their skill to develop gamers, in addition to their strategy to hitting, which he stated is “hitting strikes exhausting. It’s so simple as it will get.”
That’s what he did within the backside of the second in opposition to right-hander Tanner Houck. With two out and two on, the switch-hitting Velazquez despatched a single to heart from the left facet to drive in two runs.
He’d already impacted the sport within the high of the primary on protection.
With two out and Hunter Renfroe at first, Rafael Devers hit a ball to the correct facet of the infield, the place it was fielded by Rougned Odor, shifted from third base. Devers beat it out for a single and Renfroe tried to get to 3rd, which had been left uncovered, however Luke Voit threw to a working Velazquez, who chased down Renfroe for the third out.
He credited Voit with the throw, saying the primary baseman “led me like a quarterback hitting a slot receiver.”
Then he made a pleasant backhanded play and powerful throw to first to get Devers within the sixth on a grounder to his proper — though he didn’t fairly make the soar throw like his favourite participant, Derek Jeter, did.
“Look, we noticed this in spring coaching,” Boone stated. “It’s a man all of us favored. … He offers us some versatility and velocity.”
And on Tuesday, a key hit and protection.