Although they ultimately got the win, Friday night’s game wasn’t exactly a solid display of the Yankees’ offense. They scored just two runs, having gone 1 for 19 with runners in scoring position.
On Saturday, the attack was not a problem. Up and down the lineup, the Yankees hitters were smashing the ball down, turning the game into their own personal home run derby. In total, they recorded six homers in the day with Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jose Trevino, Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge (with two) all deep.
Meanwhile, overshadowed by his offense, Jordan Montgomery gave the Yankees seven solid innings, allowing five hits and no runs. In a season where he’s been on the wrong end of the running bracket, he’s had more than enough in this one. Almost everyone contributed as the Yankees took an 8-0 win over the Cubs.
The slugfest for the Yankees started pretty much immediately. Placed in the first place, Aaron Judge started the match in style. On the second pitch of the game, he went deep with a home run, his 23rd of the year, giving the Yankees the first lead.
After that, Cubs starter Matt Swarmer held the Yankees in check for a little while. However, please note the emphasis on “short time”.
With one out in the fourth, Stanton came up to the plate and hit one of the most ridiculous homers you’ll see.
The massive shot from the second left deck was the hardest hit ball of the season at 119.8 mph. The derby had only just begun. Torres followed it up with another as the Yankees went back to back.
Then in the fifth, they hit three more. Trevino, Judge (No. 24 of the year) and Rizzo added three more solo hits. During all of this, the Cubs had kept Swarmer in the game, condemning him to join a rather unfortunate list. He became only the second pitcher in MLB history to allow six solo homers in a game, joining the wonderfully nicknamed Hollis “Sloppy” Thurston.
The Swarmer day ended after that, but the races did not. The Yankees picked up two more in the sixth, though those didn’t come on home runs. They added three more hits in the inning, including Trevino, who recorded his third of the day. Isiah Kiner-Falefa led a run with a single and Judge netted another via sacrifice fly.
If the Yankees hadn’t added those two extra points, they would have actually set a franchise record. If they had only finished on six runs, that would have been the most they would have scored in a game, with each run being a solo home run. The record still stands a 2004 game against the Tigers, where they won 5-1 with five solo home runs.
Montgomery left after the seventh inning as Aaron Boone handed the game over to Ron Marinaccio. He pitched a scoreless inning, followed by another from Lucas Luetge in the ninth.
It wasn’t a close game late in the set, and it wasn’t against a particularly good opponent. However, that doesn’t change the fact that the win was one of the most fun of the entire season.
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