Isiah Kiner-Falefa will “get through” the defensive slump.

CHICAGO — Isiah Kiner-Falefa has made three errors — plus another error counted as a hit — in his last two starts at shortstop going into Saturday night’s Yankees game against the White Sox.

However, manager Aaron Boone isn’t worried about Kiner-Falefa’s defense.

“He’s so dynamic and athletic out there, he’ll get through this,” Boone said. “The pieces he didn’t do [Friday] night, he has to do it.”

Kiner-Falefa had made just two errors all season until his recent troubles on the field and Boone acknowledged players can dip defensively.

“You can get into little funks,” Boone said. “I think he has the ability to shake it partly because of his athleticism. He plays the position with pace. You can see his foot speed and quickness and it’s good for him.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa fails to play at shortstop.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa fails to play at shortstop.

Boone reiterated what he considered the “soft” field at guaranteed rate field and noted that both teams struggled with tricky jumps on Friday.

“You have to bypass that and create your own hop,” Boone said.

After a patchy start to the season on offense, the Yankees came out Saturday with an MLB-high 48 homers — in part because they hit eight homers in their previous two games.

The surge was led by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 12 and 10 homers on Saturday.

“When they play like that and we get input from the rest of the lineup, then we’re at our best,” Boone said. “It’s good to see them getting consistent attacks and doing damage when they have a board to cover.”

Along with Anthony Rizzo’s nine home runs, the Yankees had three of the top seven home run hitters in the majors.

“We’ll take care of that,” Boone said of the stats.

They also placed first in the majors in OPS (.755) and Slugging (.430).

“It’s an important part of the game,” the coach said of Power. “We certainly have guys who can hit the ball out of the stadium.”

Giancarlo Stanton, left, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a home run.
Giancarlo Stanton, left, celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a home run.
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And it shows that while the Yankees’ lineup is a little more diverse, they’re still built primarily on power.

“One of the exciting things early in the season that we talked about is the number of ways we’ve been able to win ball games,” Boone said. “Low scoring, defense, pitching and hitting from the ballpark. The fact that we’ve been swinging it well for the last couple of nights just hopes it continues to give us confidence that we can win in a lot of different ways.

And they went unbeatable on Saturday when their offense clicked: 15-0 when they scored at least five runs.

The first run allowed by Gerrit Cole on Friday came on a beam as he spun for the first throw with no one covering the pocket.

Boone blamed “poor communication.”

“It’s something we’ve addressed and it shouldn’t be happening,” Boone said. “We have to make sure we’re airtight.” Isiah Kiner-Falefa will “get through” the defensive slump.


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