Joey Gallo finally had a good offensive night on Tuesday, going 2–3 in the batter’s box during the team’s win over the Angels.
After severe recent struggles, when Gallo recorded just 9 hits and a .153 batting average in the 19 previous games in May, the 28-year-old connected for a single and a double, while also drawing a walk in the 9–1 win.
That comes after his sluggish play forced manager Aaron Boone to relegate Gallo to the 9th spot in the lineup late last week — though Boone denied the move was a demotion.
“The nine hole is a place I value,” Boone said at the time. “I think there’s a pretty good fit there, especially as you turn over the lineup,
His solid Tuesday night started in the 2nd inning, when Gallo hit a bloop single to left field off a fastball from former-Met Noah Syndergaard, and crossed the plate on a double from DJ LeMahieu.
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Syndergaard would leave the game in the 3rd inning, but Gallo would again come away winning against Kenny Rosenberg, as he reached 1st base on a walk to move a runner into scoring position (though the Yankees ultimately left the inning empty handed).
His best at-bat of the night came in the bottom of the 6th inning, when he sent a Rosenberg fastball to deep right field for a double, which advanced Jose Trevino to 3rd base. Both runners would later score on a pair of sacrifice hits.
His perfect night in the box score would be ruined, however, when Gallo struck out in the 8th inning. The Yankees were carrying a 9–1 lead, however, so Gallo’s mistake was not very costly.