Aaron Hicks’ slump at the plate continued Sunday, and his glove wasn’t much help either.
The Yankees center fielder had a rough third inning in the 4-2 loss at Yankee Stadium, botching a pair of balls that contributed to the Rays’ two-run rally. He heard the boos then and again during his 0-for-4 day at the plate.
The first miscue came when Kevin Kiermaier hit a bloop to center field with Mike Zunino on first base. Hicks faked like he was going to catch it before it fell in front of him, but then he bobbled the ball, denying him a chance to force Zunino at second.
Yandy Diaz came up next and grounded a game-tying RBI single to center field, which Hicks again couldn’t field cleanly, allowing Kiermaier to take third base. That proved costly when Manuel Margot hit a sacrifice fly to left field for the 2-1 lead.
“With the runner on second, [Hicks] was just being super aggressive, with his arm, hoping to maybe have a play at the plate,” Boone said. “It just skipped off his glove. “Obviously when we’re not doing other things or putting points on the board like we are, it’s every little thing that adds up.”