In his second day with the Yankees, first baseman Anthony Rizzo was front and center once again as he helped New York defeat the Marlins, 4-2, at loanDepot park on Saturday night.
Rizzo went 2-for-2, reached base five times and hit his second home run as a Yankee. Since joining the Yankees on Friday, Rizzo is 4-for-5 with three walks, one hit by pitch and five runs scored.
After being hit by a pitch in the second inning Saturday, Rizzo scored on a single by Rougned Odor. Three innings later, Rizzo was the reason the Yankees broke a 2-2 tie. He led off with a single and then scored on a wild pitch thrown by right-hander Anthony Bender.
By the seventh inning, Rizzo flexed his muscles and hit a mammoth home run off reliever Steven Okert to increase the lead to two runs. The ball traveled 410 feet according to Statcast. Rizzo is now tied for the second-longest home run streak to start a Yankees career, behind Dave Kingman’s three-game streak in 1977.
Rizzo even showed his new team that he could pick it at first base. In the second inning, the Marlins had runners on first and second with one out. With Lewis Brinson at the plate, Yankees right-hander Domingo Germán threw the ball to the plate. After catcher Gary Sánchez caught the ball, he threw to Rizzo, who quickly tagged Bryan De La Cruz for the second out of the inning. Brinson would later strike out to end the threat.