Voit (2 HRs): 'We have the deepest team'

August 18th, 2020

NEW YORK -- The Yankees' decision-makers tracked 's statistics for more than two years before pouncing, believing that his potential had yet to be fully tapped. They took a celebratory lap when that call was proven correct, and the slugger is continuing to reward their investment.

Voit enjoyed the second multihomer game of his career on Monday evening, clearing the Yankee Stadium walls in the second and fifth innings as the Yankees completed a four-game sweep of the Red Sox with a 6-3 victory.

"We have the deepest team in baseball," Voit said. "Guys are coming up and providing us with innings, at-bats, everything. It's really impressive. I've never been on a team that's had this much depth. Guys have stepped in for big-time All-Star players and have done really well."

and also homered for the Yankees, who improved to 10-0 in the Bronx this year, tying club records set in 1951 and '87. New York has dominated the Red Sox dating back to last season, winning 10 consecutive games for the first time since 1952-53, when Ted Williams was flying combat missions in Korea.

"That's unique in the history of this rivalry," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "I just think it's a stretch where we've had a few really good series against them. They've had some things not go their way, so I don't put a whole lot into it."

One of the American League's most productive power hitters prior to a core muscle injury last June that eventually required surgery, Voit used baseball's four-month pause productively, trimming about 13 pounds from his frame while increasing strength.

Voit has said that he feels like his thump has returned, and he's not shy about showing it, especially with and on the injured list. Voit crushed a two-run shot in the second inning off Boston starter Martín Pérez, then circled the bases again in the fifth with a solo shot to left field off Josh Osich.

"Luke is a guy that can do a lot of damage," Hicks said. "He's starting to prove that now. He's very important to this team, especially now. We've got a couple of guys on the IL and he's going to be very important to us."

Two of Voit's four career multihomer games have come against the Red Sox, having also accomplished the feat on Sept. 19, 2018. His seven homers are second on the club to Judge's nine.

"It's a big-time series every time you play these guys. We always bring it," Voit said. "They've been fighting the injury bug, too, but we've had guys come up and step up. They've had a lot of pitching guys going up and down. We're locked in and it doesn't matter who it is. We'll be ready to go."

Gumby down under
was sharp over 3 2/3 innings, allowing one run and three hits before a rain delay of one hour and 23 minutes ended the left-hander's night.

Montgomery said that he continued throwing simulated innings in the batting cage outside the Yankees' clubhouse, hoping to return when the rain halted. Instead, Luis Avilan tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Michael King picked up his first Major League victory with three innings of one-run ball.

"I stayed on the attack throughout," Montgomery said. "I was upset that the rain shortened it, but I'll try and keep this for next one."

'Missile' launched
It didn't take long for to show off his triple-digit heat. Activated from the injured list prior to Monday's game, Chapman made his season debut in a non-save situation, firing six pitches at 100 mph or greater.

Working the ninth inning around a José Peraza triple and Jonathan Araúz's run-scoring double, Chapman's fastball was in midseason form. He struck out the last two men he faced, gassing Rafael Devers on a 101.3 mph heater for the final out.

"I never worry about [velocity]," Chapman said through an interpreter. "I was able to work the whole time. It was key for me to keep on working, keep on training. So in my mind, I was never worried about it."