The homer of Cuban Yasmany Tomás in Tuesday’s game made the difference in the D-backs’ victory over the Mets, but the fact that the fence was blown by the opposing band filled his club with more optimism.
“I think there’s always a natural ingredient I notice when the boys are starting to get into rhythm with the bat,” said Arizona rider Torey Lovullo. “When the boys start sending balls to that part of the field, they’re doing a lot of things well because that does not happen by accident.”
On Wednesday, “The Tank” added a double pusher to help the Diamondbacks sweep all three games of their series against the Mets.
Tomás’s bambinazo went into the right field and fell into the pool to demonstrate the strength of the ranger.
“It’s very simple with Yas,” said batting coach Dave Magadan. “He’s one of the strongest guys in the game and when he’s ready to hit he hits the right pitch – if he hits him with the thick part of the bat, he’ll hit the ball hard and occasionally go over the fence.”
When Magadan says he is ready to hit, he means that Tomas does not make as many moves with his legs or load both his bat on his shoulders that he seems to be pointing at the pitcher.
It seems simple, but batting in the majors is not easy.
Making the transition from Cuba to the United States is also difficult. Now in his third campaign, the 26-year-old outfielder already feels more comfortable.
“This is my third season and I think I’ve done better because I have more experience,” explained Tomas. “I feel a lot better now. I’ve been able to make some adjustments and I’ve been working hard every day.”
The effort has not been the problem for Thomas. The slugger wants to excel so much that sometimes has the opposite effect.
“The main adjustment is in the mental aspect,” said Thomas. “Now I try to feel comfortable after making more of the account”.