BALTIMORE – Clint Frazier's first bat on Tuesday produced a barrel-line drive that landed in the left-hand player Dwight Smith Jr.'s glove, and when he returned to third-base dugout, the Yankees outfielder gave a chuckle. If his happiness did not improve soon, he promised to beat coach Marcus
Three hours later, Frazier grinned broadly and had busted his decline by running in a five-run career in a two-homer performance.
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"It's a satisfying feeling because of the way the last few weeks have gone," Frazier said. "I think I've had a slow start to get back to where I wanted to be, and hopefully tonight is a way to build it. It's the best I've felt for a while."
Mired in a 1-to-17 ski and owns six hits in 40 bat-buters (.150) when he returned from a sprained left ankle, Frazier beat a two-run homer in the third inning and added a three round shot in the fifth as Yankee's tattooed right-handed David Hess to nine races and drove to their Major League best 23 victory in the last 31 games.
"It's certainly good to see him come out and get some results," said Yankees manager Aaron Boone of Frazier. "It's part of growing up in the big leagues, you have to have your tops and valleys and you're trying to control them as best you can. It's good to see him break out. I think we all understand what he is capable of when he gets really locked in. "
Frazier said he had struggled to regain his timing since the stint of the damaged list, despite Boone's claim before Tuesday's match, that -years seemed to find their stroke. 19659003] "I think people are losing track of how hard this game is, especially coming out of [injured list] and trying to get back to playing the way you are," Frazier said. "These guys have stuck behind me all year and made me feel really part of this team. It's been much easier to have the bad games because everyone was trying to pick me up after the game."
One night after his ninth-inning, three-round homer the series opener, Sanchez gave his closest link in the first inning with a line-drive laser that cleared the left field wall. Eight of Sanchez's leading 14 homers have come out of Oriole's pitching.
"He's as deadly as anyone when he takes care of his pitch," Boone said. "He does a better job of not expanding the zone when he comes in a really good counter. He is pretty dangerous."
When Fraziers blasted padded pillow, the Germans held Baltimore for three races (two earned) and five hits over five innings. Although Boone said German seemed to be taxed on a long third inning, his right leg improved to 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA in six career models against Orioles.
"I felt really good," said German through an interpreter. "I felt my seats were good tonight, were close to perfect if I could say it. There were two innings where I fought. One incoming they could [to score] but eventually I was able to fight and get through the five innings. "
Stevie Wilkerson hit a three round homer in the fifth out of German, a smash after German let a throwing error on what could have been a double bet. German is the first yankee to win nine games in the team's first 47 games since bob turley in 1958.
"It feels good, but the focus is to get the job done," German said. "We have really good jugs in our starting rotation, and they have been able to pitch for many many years. Comparing me to them, I have just started."
But when the Yankees dressed in their closet in the clubhouse, the player-issued championship belt – suggesting the game's biggest contributor – did not hang from the chairs awarded to Frazier, Sanchez or German.
Instead, the owner of the overnight hours should be right-handed
"It's really cool. I didn't expect that," Hale said. "I didn't know they had this, I was a bit caught up when they asked me to speak." They asked me if it was my first rescue and it was. It is pretty cold to chop it off. "
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook.