SEATTLE — Though far less dramatically and not quite as loudly, Ronald Torreyes is another rookie seizing playing time from a veteran.
The 23-year-old, again starting at third base in place of Chase Headley, went 1-for-4 Wednesday and hit two other balls hard to finish this trip 9-for-16.
“He’s just been playing so well and he’s been swinging the bat so well,” Joe Girardi said before the game. “It’s hard to ignore.”
Though Chase Headley has been battling an Achilles issue for a little over a week, he is well enough to play. But Torreyes, a more than capable fielder — and at times a standout one — has forced his way into the lineup for now.
“If he continues to hit like this,” Girardi said. “I’m going to have to find ways to play him.”
Fan drops in
As the Yankees took the field in the bottom of the eighth inning, an inebriated fan staggered down the steps of a section behind the Yankees dugout and past a Safeco Field usher. He stepped over a small railing on the dugout, then sat down on top if it before, in a seated position, falling hard in the dugout, hitting his ribs and back of his head as he did so. The man was immediately pounced on by security as surprised players looked on.
“It kind of freaked me out,” Girardi said. “He was probably not in a state to even be walking. He went down hard. Twice.”
Judge, Austin chip in
A pair of rookies contributed to the Yankees taking a 2-0 lead in the second. Rookie rightfielder Aaron Judge, who threw out Robinson Cano in the first at second base trying to stretch a single, was hit by a pitch with one out. After Aaron Hicks singled — Hicks went 2-for-4 to complete a 7-for-14 trip — rookie first baseman Tyler Austin snapped a 0-for-16 skid with an RBI single.
Girardi reaches 800
Girardi became the sixth manager in Yankees history to reach 800 wins, joining Joe McCarthy (1,460), Joe Torre (1,173), Casey Stengel (1,149), Miller Huggins (1,067) and Ralph Houk (944).
“I’ve been blessed with a lot of good teams here,” said Girardi, 800-622 with the Yankees. “It’s nice but let’s get 801 .”