It was a strange experiment from the outset.

The team with the short right field porch decided to have a pair of lefty hitters who might combine for 10 homers make up two-thirds of its outfield. The hope was that what Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki lacked in power they would compensate for with speed, defense, on-base acumen by Gardner and batting average by Suzuki.

Well, the duo is going to need more games like last night’s to prove Gardner and Ichiro can bring enough regularly to the table or else one is probably losing a starting job.

Because when Curtis Granderson returns — likely around May 1 — the Yankees could be overcrowded in the outfield. Now, this presumes Vernon Wells remains a productive player, which obviously is dubious.

Wells has not been very good the past two years and is going to need more than a strong week or two to validate a revival. But Wells’ impressive opening act is yet another reminder that — like it or not — the Yankees’ DNA is to be a homer-hitting team.

So far, despite all the concerns about lost power caused by defections and injuries, the Yanks have an AL-high 15 homers in eight games — seven more than during the same period in 2012. Still no one should expect a repeat of last season’s franchise record 245.

But the early work of Wells, Travis Hafner and Kevin Youkilis — each has two homers — suggests the Yanks still might hit 180-ish or more if Granderson and Mark Teixeira do return in May. But a lineup that has those five can only have Gardner or Suzuki, not both.