Things might not have been entirely going the Yankees’ way in this MLB season. Meanwhile, a two-run home run by Andrew Benintendi in the seventh inning was the deciding factor in a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday. Given how poorly the club had played during the season, this victory was desperately needed. Despite his struggles to live up to expectations while wearing pinstripes, the Yankees have practically forgotten about Andrew Benintendi.
Before Kansas City traded Benintendi to the Bronx on July 27 for three pitching prospects, he was batting.320 with the Royals. The fact that Andrew Benintendi struggled to consistently score runs in his first 22 games in New York, hitting .192 (14-for-73) with a .604 OPS helps explain why this squad has struggled in August. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Benintendi hit his first home run in pinstripes. And a game-winning two-run shot into the second deck down the right-field line to give his side the lead. This was his first iconic Yankee moment.
With a hanger off a sidearmer that spun but never left Benintendi’s wheelhouse, Blue Jays reliever Adam Cimber delivered the 387-foot bomb. When the ball sailed off his bat at 106.5 mph, Benintendi knew it was gone. He watched the no-doubter soar before deftly flipping his lumber as his teammates cheered in victory. His first long ball in two months coincided with Benintendi’s first Yankee home run. The left-handed pitcher with a smooth swing hadn’t left the yard since June 20 in Los Angeles. When he launched one of just three home runs he’d hit in 2022, driving Noah Syndergaard far.
Aaron Judge Depicts Mental Toughness That Yankees Wanted!
Alek Manoah struck Aaron Judge in the fifth inning on Sunday. When everyone else around him, especially Gerrit Cole, was about to lose theirs, the slugger made the decision to maintain his composure. Cole emerged out of the dugout like a bar patron who had been drinking since the wee hours of the night. And is eager to attack anyone he sees on the street. In reaction, Aaron Judge offered him the Heisman while extending his right hand to order the Yankees in the back of him to stop moving completely.
The giant’s squad was in danger of losing to Toronto for the fourth time in a row. And falling for the 15th time this month when he responded in an intriguing way. Cole gave Judge the improved vitality that he had requested the day before, “better energy in the dugout.” Before Andy Fletcher, the plate umpire escorted Judge to first base. He had already taken a few strident strides in Manoah’s direction. The DH then signaled to his teammates. When they finally got to the bag, Judge and Manoah really met in a rare summit of plunkers and plunkers and made peace-making gestures as a result.