Hicks would double home a run off Bryan Garcia that inning too.
During the fifth frame, it was Rougned Odor tattooing a full-count cutter off Tyler Alexander to right.
COLE ON A ROLL
Gerrit Cole was dealing and not messing around. The Yankee ace struck out a dozen with six scoreless innings, scattering four hits and walking zero. He became the first pitcher in franchise history with three consecutive starts with 10+ Ks and zero walks.
Two years to the day of his last victory, Jameson Taillon stabilized enough to toss five frames for the victory. Taillon started strong once again but didn’t falter like he did at Cleveland. His lone blemish was yielding a solo homer to Jeimer Candelario in the fourth frame. In total, Taillon struck out eight.
Once again the Yankees blanked the Bengals, 2-0. Overall it was a pretty tight and tidy getaway game.
The second stanza was interesting for the Yankees. Facing Jose Urena, Urshela singled on a ball that nicked the third-base bag. Following a Hicks walk and a Mike Ford line out, Kyle Higashioka smoked an RBI double to left for the 1-0 edge. Brett Gardner followed with a rip sac fly to right to double the Yankee advantage at 2-0.
Corey Kluber was locked in during the Sunday matinee. Kluber had his changeup working and struck out 10 Detroit hitters. The veteran righty tossed eight scoreless frames of two-hit ball and walked only one. Yes, the Tigers lineup is abysmal but Kluber provided the Pinstripes with length once again and proved he’s not a lost cause.