San Francisco Giants closer Hunter Strickland will be sidelined six to eight weeks after he fractured his right hand while punching a door Monday night following a blown save.
I own all responsibilities and consequences because these were no ones actions but myself. I will work hard to get back with the guys and help contribute to some more wins. This is our life, and we take pride in what we do, so when we fail it hurts. But that is by no means an excuse because every action has a reaction- which is what I’m seeing now. I’ve made a mistake and regret it, but I will not give up and will learn from this! I completely understand how this portrays my character, which I will humbly work on areas in my life that need refinement.
I sincerely didn’t do this out of selfishness, but simply because I let down the ones that count on me most and my emotions got the best of me in that moment. So again, I’m sorry, and now I have to move forward.
With the Giants leading the Marlins 4-2 at home on Monday, Strickland came on for the top of the ninth inning and recorded just one out. He allowed two walks, a double, two singles and three runs. The Giants went on to lose 5-4.
It was Strickland’s fourth blown save this season. He is 3-3 with 13 saves and a 2.84 ERA overall in 2018.
Doctors determined a ruptured aneurysm caused the hemorrhage.
Farquhar will miss the remainder of the 2018 season but is expected to pitch again.
Hicks’ home run Tuesday came from the right side as he faced left-hander Marco Gonzales. His previous two homers Sunday and Monday came as a left-handed hitter, facing right-handed pitching.
The three home runs Gonzales gave up to the Yankees were a statistical aberration for him. Through his first eight starts this season, he had given up only three homers total.
With Hicks hitting his 10th homer, the Yankees now have six players with double-digit home runs so far this season. It’s the fourth time in team history that many players have hit at least 10 homers each through the team’s first 70 games. It also happened with the 2002, 2012 and 2017 Yankees.
Coincidentally, with usual leadoff man Brett Gardner out nursing a sore knee and Hicks thrust into that role instead, the Yankees’ lineup in Tuesday’s series opener ended up featuring all six of those players in the first six spots.