BALTIMORE — Greg Bird provided a boost to the Yankees three years ago when he was a late-season call-up and drilled 11 homers in 46 games, helping spark a run to the wild card.
But with Bird stuck in a disastrous slump, the Yankees turned again to Luke Voit, the 27-year-old first baseman acquired from the Cardinals last month, and again on Sunday, Voit delivered.
After hitting just five homers in his first 77 games in the majors, Voit has gone deep three times in his past three games, including a two-run shot in Sunday’s 5-3 win over the Orioles. He matched a career-high set Friday with three hits after a single in the eighth.
“It’s like Christmas morning,” Voit said. “It’s great for my confidence. This is the first time I’ve actually got an opportunity in the big leagues. I’ve always been a bench player. It feels good to get consistent at-bats.”
The opposite-field shot off right-hander Dylan Bundy came with two outs in the top of the second and gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead, sending the Yankees to a four-game sweep of the historically bad Orioles.
And as he’s done in some of his other trips around the bases, Voit showed his emotion, pumping his right hand in the air between first and second.
“That’s just me being a little kid and having fun,” Voit said. “If I’m not having fun, there’s no point in playing this game. This is my chance to show everyone what I’ve got.”