The Yankees won Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox in dramatic fashion. Trailing 4-2 in the eighth inning, Aaron Hicks evened the score with a monstrous two-run homer. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Neil Walker sent everyone home happy by launching a walk-off home run to right field. He did it on the first pitch, too!
After the game, the heroes met with the media to discuss their performance. Walker told Meredith Marakovits that he was hunting fastballs from Dylan Covey. “I saw him attack Greg [Bird] in the inning before with a lot of fastballs,” explained, “and I just wanted to make sure I was ready for ‘em.”
PERFECT night for a Gatorade shower, right @NeilWalker18?#YANKSonYES pic.twitter.com/VpjMv0eq8M— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 29, 2018
Hicks, meanwhile, found his home run to be the turning point of the game. “Whenever you come back like that, it definitely gives you a lot of momentum,” he noted, “especially heading into innings after that.” The Yankees center fielder also weighed in on a number of topics, including the team’s recent offensive malaise, Walker’s contributions to the club, and Dellin Betances’ run of shutdown performances.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone summed it up nicely: “It’s not easy for us right now. You know, we’re kind of grinding through some things. It’s a tough stretch, but these guys continue to find a way.”
Aaron Boone and the Yankees improve their record to 84-48 after Neil Walker's heroics in the 9th.#YANKSonYES pic.twitter.com/GRsSvbkKaW— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 29, 2018
That they did tonight. Hats off to the Yankees!