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New York Yankees: Didi Gregorius breaks long home run drought (Video)

New York Yankees’ shortstop Didi Gregorius finally breaks his home run drought to give the Bombers an early lead. 

It has been no secret that New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has been in a major slump the last two months.

Gregorius took a 1-1 breaking ball from Washington Nationals’ starter Tanner Roark and put it into the Yankees’ bullpen in right field. The shortstops’ first home run since May 21 in Texas, his second home run in 19 games.

Coming into the night Gregorius saw his batting average drop from .330 in April to .243. We all know the Month of May was not kind to him, hitting .151, only recording 14 hits in 93 at-bats.

Things look to be improving, as the shortstop came into the night hitting .258 in the month of June. Production like that, and the usual consistent defense will be just fine from the 28-year-old.

Perhaps this is the start of a hot streak for the man they call “Sir Didi.” We saw how he carried the team at the start of the season, winning AL Player of the Month in April. He was responsible for helping the Bombers to some of the greatest wins of the season.

As the season goes on the Yankees desperately need Gregorius to be more of the player he was in April. With Gary Sanchez continuing to slump, and Giancarlo Stanton being rather inconsistent this year, Gregorius is an integral part of this lineup. But the beauty of this Yankee lineup, is that when one player slumps the rest of the lineup picks them up.

The Yankees would add another run in the inning thanks to an Austin Romine sacrifice fly, giving the Bombers a 2-0 lead. But more importantly, Didi Gregorius is back and in a big way.

The Yanks lead the Nats 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.