In the absence of Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees outfielders Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner each pulverized home runs to pad the lead.

You want to talk about a guys who are underrated? These are those guys.

Aaron Hicks homered in his first at-bat tonight after starting in center field for the injured Jacoby Ellsbury. Brett Gardner followed up three batters later with a no-doubter to right.

This outfield is starting to heat up at just the right time.

For Hicks, it wasn’t just the hit that was impressive. It was the pitch he hit it on. He took a pitch at the eyes at 93 MPH and completely demolished it. Now THAT, my friends, is raw power.

Hicks’ home run is his fifth of the season. Last season, it took him until August to get his fifth home run of the year.

Gardner, who had been struggling this season, crushed a  to the second deck in right before exploding into celebration with his teammates.

In addition to that two-run homer, Gardner also crushed a double in the first inning before coming around to score on a Matt Holliday double.

These two home runs were off Mat Latos of the Toronto Blue Jays. They also headlined a four run inning for the Yankees, who lost in difficult fashion to the last place team in the American League East.

So last night they took an L, so tonight they bounce back, as the kids say. Right now it’s all New York Yankees and it’s all looking good.

Allison is just a girl with an enormous passion for the game of baseball and the written word. Based in Upstate New York, her life-long relationship with the New York Yankees is something that she developed through close relationships with her mother and grandfather. An aspiring sports writer, she graduated with a journalism degree and is finding places to share her excitement about the sporting world and how it affects us all.