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Michael Kay couldn’t believe it either. Chris Carter’s first home run as a New York Yankees couldn’t come at a better time.
Carter launched his first home run as a Yankee to put the Yankees up 8-5 in the top of the eighth inning.
A back-and-forth contest all afternoon, Carter hopefully put the Yankees up permanently with a three-run bomb to left center field.
Carter came in to pinch hit for Dellin Betances with two runners on. Austin Romine reached on a ground ball booted by second baseman Adam Frazier with two outs. The error loomed large as Ronald Torreyes followed up with a hit to set up the big blast from Carter.
Chris Carter's 1st HR as a Yankee is a pinch-hit, 3-run shot …
Yankees lead 8-5 in the 8th! pic.twitter.com/Ibgd8zj4hW
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That home run marked the second pinch hit home run of Carter’s career. In his short career, he also has batted .357 prior to today’s game at PNC Park, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Carter, who has been struggling to make a name for himself in the Bronx, might have just taken a great step forward in the eyes of adoring Yankees fans. While he’s struck out nine times in 27 at-bats, this monster shot marks what we hope will be a change in pace for him.
Even though Michael Kay was shocked, we knew the power was there. It’s about time we’ve gotten to see it this season at the most opportune time.