Anthony Rizzo, professional hitter, taxed Matt Harvey for 13 pitches in his first at-bat on Wednesday night.
It ended in a walk, which succeeded several long foul balls that looked like home runs off the bat.
“That was a lot of fun to watch, a lot of fun to watch,” DJ LeMahieu said. “He had a bunch of foul homers there, great swings."
In his second at-bat, again against Harvey, Rizzo calibrated his swing and hit a towering 421-foot home run to right-center he just missed a few innings earlier.
It felt inevitable. And, so, too, did the Yankees’ offense on Wednesday night in the 10-3 win over Baltimore, in which they trailed 3-0 entering the fourth inning.
It was the Yanks’ first time all season going for 10-plus runs in back-to-back games, having exploded for 13 against the Orioles on Tuesday night.
Is it a small-sample sized sign of good things to come?
Perhaps, said Aaron Boone after the game.
“I think it’s the weight of our lineup starting to pay some dividends,” he said. “If you look at our lineup now, there's some balance there. I really do feel like our best offensive days are still ahead of us as this group continues to gel together.”
Rizzo, acquired ahead of the trade deadline, is part of why it’s reasonable to think this uptick in scoring is relatively sustainable down the stretch of August and September. He has an RBI in his first six games as a Yankee, something that had never been done in franchise history.
He also has three home runs and an OPS of 1.369 as a Yankee.
“He’s done a lot of great things in the game, he’s been a part of a lot of big games,” said LeMahieu, who himself had five hits and five RBI in the last two games.
“I think to know someone like that who's been through it and won a world series, it’s big for all of us, huge to add to the lineup.”
If Joey Gallo -- who so far has no home runs and a .087 batting average as a Yankee -- can get going, the Bombers suddenly seem a lot scarier than they did a month ago.