Monday, June 29, 2020

Virtual Baseball: Hicks' Licks, Picks Nix Hendricks' Six. Then He Takes Kimbrel to the Tumbrel.

In a thrilling ESPN Virtual Game of the Virtual Week tonight, the Yanks rallied for a 4-3 winning after being no-hit for six innings by Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks.  

The big blows—and the big grabs—came from newly restored Aaron Hicks, starting in centerfield for just the second time this season.  Hendricks had picked his way neatly through Yankee bats for the first six innings of play, surrendering just three walks, and buoyed by a first-inning, three-run homer by Anthony Rizzo.

In the seventh, though, Hicks marked up the previously clean slate of the Pint-Size Grizzly hurler, smashing a three-run, game-tying triple to the farthest depths of left-center field.  But the Oft-Injured Hicks, as he has been dubbed by Yankees fans everywhere, was just getting started.

In the top of the ninth, he dazzled again, robbing Addison Russell of a hit with a risky, diving catch just off the grass, then taking away a potential, two-run homer from Javier Baez, leaping over the top of the fence in dead center to steal the titanic blast away—all in support of Tommy Kahnle, making a rare ninth-inning appearance.

In the bottom of the ninth, with two out, Ursa Minor Craig Kimbrel, doing his usual vulture routine, made a two-strike pitch too good, and Hicks golfed it into the second deck in right field.  

"His greatest game?  Well, I guess since last year," Manager Ma Boone said afterwards.  

"We get our kicks, rootin' for Aaron Hicks," said the newly Frazierized Suzyn Waldman. 


JM said...

I'm very excited to see the real Hicks play at the end of next month. We probably won't be seeing him in August due to a hangnail.

Kimbrel is such a tool.

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