With the offseason in full swing, we take a look at the five biggest home runs for the New York Yankees during the 2019 season.
While the New York Yankees didn’t achieve their goal in 2019, the year was still filled with tons of big moments. The Yankees hit a lot of home runs in 2019 and finished one behind the Twins for the record in a single season. Including the postseason, the Yankees hit a total of 321 home runs.
Here are the top 5 biggest home runs during the 2019 season:
5: Gio Urshela game-tying 2 run homer – May 7
In an early May game against the Mariners, after a rain delay, the Yankees found themselves down 4-2 against the M’s. The Yankees found themselves two games back of the Rays who had already won that day. In stepped Gio, who had been playing full time at third base for the injured Miguel Andujar. On an 0-2 pitch, Gio blasted a big game-tying 2 run home run. The Yankees would go on to win the game on a D.J. LeMahieu walk-off single. That was the first one many big hits for Gio.
4: Brett Gardner Grand Slam – April 17
Nothing is better than Yankees vs Red Sox. The Yankees had won the first game of this short two-game series and were looking to sweep. The Yankees found themselves down 3-1 in the bottom of the 8th. In stepped Brett Gardner, who was sitting at 99 career home runs, with the bases loaded and one out. Brett Garnder sent a 0-2 fastball over the right-field wall for the go-ahead grand slam. That really sunk the Red Sox’s season before it even started. This also proved to be a turning point for the Yankees who started to play well after it.
Brett Gardner turns a 2-run deficit into a 2-run lead with one swing 💪 pic.twitter.com/8VMf5R8Art
— ESPN (@espn) April 18, 2019
3: Aaron Hicks go ahead two-run homer – July 24
Everyone remembers this game, a back and forth battle with the Twins. The Yankees at one point in this game were down 8-2. They battled back and took the lead in the 8th but lost the lead in the bottom half of the 8th. So in steps Aaron Hicks with one on and one out in the top of the 9th, Yankees down 11-10. Aaron Hicks smacked the first pitch he saw into the Yankees bullpen in left to give the Yankees the lead. To that point, it was the biggest homer of the year. It was only fitting that he ended the game with a dramatic diving catch.
Aaron Hicks, for the lead! 💥
(via @Yankees) pic.twitter.com/O2oVcbbCaJ
— SNY (@SNYtv) July 24, 2019
2: Aaron Hicks 3-run homer – Game 5 ALCS
ALCS Game 5, Yankees down 3-1 in the series. You know they weren’t going to let the Astros celebrate on their turf. LeMahieu started the game by homering off of Justin Verlander and a couple batters later, in stepped Hicks with two on and one out. Hicks deposited a 3-2 hanging curve into the foul pole, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead. That was all they would score all game and James Paxton and the bullpen would do the rest as the Yankees survived another day.
AARON HICKS SAID SEE YOU LATER‼️
4 runs in the 1st off Verlander 😱
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 18, 2019
1: D.J. LeMahieu Game tying 2-run homer- ALCS Game 6
I wish the outcome was better. I wish this homer would not come with a sour taste. But it does. It was the top of the 9th, Yankees down 4-2 one on one out. If they lose the season is over. In stepped the Yankees best hitter of the year, D.J. LeMahieu. He was facing Yankee killer Roberto Osuna. After battling to a 3-2 count, D.J. sent a 94MPH cutter just over the right-field wall for what we hoped to be a series changing home run. Sadly in the bottom of the 9th, our dreams were shattered. But nonetheless, D.J.’s homer was the biggest home run of the 2019 season.