The veteran outfielder entered Saturday afternoon’s contest against the Baltimore Orioles without a long ball this season, but that changed quickly. Gardner led off the home half of the first inning by smashing Ubaldo Jimenez‘s offering into Yankee Stadium’s right-field porch for his seventh career leadoff homer to put the Baby Bombers on top 1-0.
But he wasn’t close to done there. In his second at-bat, just one inning later, Gardner got to feast on Jimenez one more time, ripping his second homer of the game – a three-run shot – deep into the bullpens to put New York up 5-0.
It’s the third multi-homer game of Gardner’s career, and first since 2015. The 33-year-old entered play hitting just .188/.316/.234 on the season.
The blasts continued a recent homer barrage for the Yankees, who hit for the home-run cycle as a team Friday night as part of a crazy eight-run comeback against Baltimore that ended on Matt Holliday‘s walk-off blast. The Yankees have now hit seven home runs in their last eight innings of play, and have left the yard an American League-high 34 times so far this season.
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