Aaron Hicks’ Yankees woes sink to new low in loss to Rays

The only cheers Aaron Hicks heard all game came after he caught a routine, fifth-inning fly ball. The Bronx crowd was sarcastically proud, and the fan base may have found its next Joey Gallo. 

Hicks struggled with his glove, allowing a catchable ball to drop to enable the Rays’ first run, and bat, grounding into a bases-loaded double play, in the Yankees’ 4-0 loss on Monday. 

“Just overall extremely embarrassing,” Hicks said after his misplay and failure multiple times in the clutch. “Even if I’m not hitting, I want my defense to be on point. I messed up out there as well.” 

Aaron Hicks stands in the outfield as he hears boos.
Aaron Hicks hears boos as he stands in the outfield.
Jason Szenes

Hicks’ poor night began in the second inning, when he struck out with two outs and runners on first and second base in a scoreless game. Hicks is hitting .173 with runners in scoring position this season, which was the fifth worst in baseball upon the game’s completion. 

In the top of the fourth inning, Hicks’ night went from disappointing to distressing. 

To lead off the frame, Tampa Bay’s David Peralta drove a high fly ball to center field that Hicks misjudged. He kept drifting back and got turned around on the warning track. He lunged at the last second for the ball, which bounced on the dirt and went for a triple. Isaac Paredes’ RBI single then put the Rays ahead to stay. 

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