The New York Yankees are back in action after their season ended without a playoff berth, as their star player, Ichiro Suzuki, hit a two run homer to give them a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.
Suzuki had not hit a home run in a game since April 26 against the Minnesota Twins.
“It was the right thing to do for my team,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
“We didn’t have enough on the mound to win the game, but we were able to control the situation with the ball and we had a good base runner to get the win.”
Suzuki hit a solo shot off Cardinals left-hander John Lackey in the fourth inning, but it was the second time this season that Suzuki has hit two-out homers, and he hit two in two games.
“He’s been awesome,” catcher Travis d’Arnaud said.
Suzuki has a .324 batting average with 20 homers and 80 RBIs in 106 games this season.
The Cardinals (42-47) have lost seven straight games, but the Yankees’ defense has held them to a .219 batting average and seven homers in their past six games.
After hitting a three-run shot in the second inning, catcher Alex Gordon went to the mound for a one-out walk in the third to get to third on a single by Michael Cuddyer.
“I was really pleased with the way we did the first inning,” Gordon said.
The Yankees led 2-0 when Suzuki hit another homer in the fifth, and Gordon went out to bat for his team’s first hit of the game.
“Our guys have been great,” Girardi added.
We didn’t do that today.” “
You just want to get out there and play and get a win.
We didn’t do that today.”
The Yankees will play host to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
“Obviously, we know it’s going to be a difficult game,” Gordon told reporters.
“But we’ve got to come out with a positive attitude.”
The Cardinals had a .213 batting average in their previous three games and the Yankees have won five straight over the Cardinals.
Alex Gordon has scored two runs in three games since the All-Star break.
He has three homers and 15 RBIs over the last two weeks.
“Alex has been phenomenal for us,” Girard said.