Extra-innings win may be turning point for Hicks
MAY 29, 2013 12:26a ET
Hicks robbed Brewers outfielder (and former Twin) Carlos Gomez of a home run, hit one a few innings later and crossed home plate to score the eventual game-winning run in the top of the 14th inning.
After Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning, Gomez threatened to put Milwaukee on the board. He sent a deep drive to center field that appeared destined to clear the wall — that is, until Hicks leapt and took the ball back.
As Hicks got to his feet after stumbling following the catch, Gomez raised his helmet in Hicks' direction. Twins fans saw Gomez make some highlight-reel catches during his time in Minnesota, and the Brewers center fielder recognized that Hicks has followed in his footsteps.
"It's fun robbing guys of home runs and to see their reaction," Hicks said. "I'm really just out there having a blast."
It's not the first time Hicks has robbed a home run during his rookie season. Earlier this month, Hicks took a homer away from White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn in a game at Target Field.
His robbery of Gomez in a road win, Hicks said, was the better of the two catches.
"Even though the one (to rob) Dunn at home was a great feeling, here I felt like I was in the air longer," Hicks said. "I still need to work on my dismount."
In that game against the White Sox, Hicks also homered twice — his first multi-hit game of his career. Just like he did against Chicago, Hicks followed up his home run robbery Tuesday by hitting one over the fence.
Hicks took Brewers starter Alfredo Figaro deep to center for a solo shot in the fourth inning, his fifth of the year. It was one of three Twins homers in the game as Ryan Doumit and Josh Willingham also went deep.
While Hicks' homer proved to be big, he had yet another big hit in the top of the 14th inning. Hicks — who entered the game batting just .154 this year — hit a ground rule double to the gap in left-center field and then advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Pedro Florimon. Pinch hitter Eduardo Escobar then hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Hicks for what held up as the winning run in Minnesota's 6-5 victory.
"I was really just looking for a pitch I could handle and looking for a pitch to drive, do anything I can to help the team win," Hicks said. "I got a good pitch and drove it pretty well."
FOX Sports North's Kevin Gorg contributed to this report.
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