It is high, it is far, it is gone! The Yankees got on the board early in Thursday's game thanks to a monster two-run home run by Aaron Hicks. Hicks did the only thing he could possibly do to make that homer better: add a boss bat flip.
Hicks' upper deck shot was his 20th home run of the year, adding a nice milestone to what has been an exceptional year for the center fielder. He was slashing .248/.359/.482 prior to Thursday's game, but those numbers have been brought down a bit since his recent seven-game slump, during which he has hit just .160.
The pitcher that gave up the home run, Texas Rangers right hander Ariel Jurado, is still trying to establish himself in the big leagues. In three starts, he has given up seven earned runs in 15.2 innings pitched. However, he's only 22 years old, so he has plenty of time to make a name for himself in Arlington.
Giancarlo Stanton 27 HR— James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) August 9, 2018
Aaron Judge 26 HR
Didi Gregorius 20 HR
Aaron Hicks 20th HR
First team in Yankees history with four players reaching 20 homers 114 games into the season
The second-place Yankees will be looking for their 72nd win of the season on Thursday against the Rangers, who have won just 51 games and are currently in last place in the American League West.