There may be a day — not long from now for some, 20 years from now for others — when parents tell their children about the stretch Mike Tauchman is on right now for the Yankees.
While the bat has been apparent for a while, it was his glove that came to life in Tuesday night’s 9-4 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards, the Yankees’ seventh consecutive victory. On what seemed like a no-doubt homer from Orioles catcher Pedro Severino in the fourth inning with the Yankees leading 5-2, Tauchman leaped at the low-standing left-center-field wall, stuck his glove hand out and came down with a ball 363 feet away from home plate.
Severino could only laugh on his way back to the home dugout.
Tauchman did it at the plate as well on Tuesday. His leadoff homer an inning earlier kicked off a string of three solo homers in the frame — starting a back-to-back effort with DJ LeMahieu before Didi Gregorius went deep later — to give New York a 3-0 lead at the time.