Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres anchored the Yankees offense in an 8-1 win over the Red Sox Friday night, but inside the clubhouse it was just another day at the office for the youngest of the Baby Bombers.
“Not surprised anymore,” manager Aaron Boone said after the game. “Gleyber with the big swing to kick things off to kind of setup that first run; drive in the second run. Miggy put more good at-bats and obviously the big one gave us breathing room in middle of the game. … all in all really good performance by them.”
Andujar went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI while Torres went 2-for-3 with a triple and RBI as the two rookies accounted for the first four runs of the game.
Torres jump-started the evening with a triple off the wall to lead off the second inning and scored on Andujar’s bloop single in his next at-bat.
In the fourth, Torres knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly and Andujar followed with the big blow — a two-run home run to put the Yankees up 4-0, a comfortable lead for veteran lefty CC Sabathia to work with the rest of the game.
“It’s been all year,” Sabathia said. “Really since all these guys came up they’ve been a big part of our team. Aaron Judge last year, (Gary) Sanchez two years ago, now you got Torres and Miggy. So these guys come up ready to play.”
Well, not technically all year.
Neither Andujar nor Torres were on the Yankees’ Opening Day roster but both have earned their stay since they were called up in April.
Andujar particularly, considering the Yankees traded for Brandon Drury to be their starting third baseman in spring training.
But Drury — who rejoined the team on Friday for the first time since April — went on the disabled list a week into the season after he was experiencing migraines and blurry visions.
Since then, Andujar has hit 12 home runs, 23 doubles, 38 RBI with a .283 batting average.
“The mentality has been to come here and do your job, stay positive,” he said through a translator after the game. “Enjoy the game and at the end of the day just do your job. Is it a surprise? I can’t say I’m completely shocked because of all the work I’ve been putting in.”
That work has not been lost on Boone, either, who said he was most impressed with the way Andujar’s approach.