Fresh off of a four-game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore, Yankees manager Aaron Boone lauded his team's ability to find different ways to win.
"Anytime you can get four games, that doesn't happen very often," Boone told YES Network after the Yankees' 6-5 win on Thursday. "We won in a lot of different ways in this four-game series, so it was good to see, but the guys played until the end each and every day, and [it's] a good way to get on the plane."
Boone's starting lineup on Thursday didn't include Gleyber Torres or Gary Sanchez, the two players who have absolutely scorched Baltimore pitching this year. Still though, both players managed to play a big role in the win. In a 5-5 tie in the ninth inning, Torres drew a pinch-hit walk, and Sanchez followed it up with a pinch hit single. Torres would eventually score the game's winning run on a walk by Aaron Hicks.
"We had a little success against [Mychal] Givens here, but he's tough and if you're not really good at controlling the zone there, he can make you look bad," Boone said about the ninth inning. "Two outs, nobody on, sitting over there all day for Gleyber to come in, and then Gary, and DJ [LeMahieu], and then Aaron finishing it off with a 3-2 count with a huge at-bat doing what he does, it was a big-time inning.
"Obviously you always like when they're in the lineup, but to have them sitting over there in that spot was nice, and the fact that they were ready. It's not always easy for guys who are regulars like that, who have been sitting over there all day. We got a little bit of a lead and give it back, and then all of a sudden, they're prepared, they're ready to go. They were up hitting, getting ready, getting prepared for that at-bat right there, and they went up and had good ones."