Victims of a game without running or hitting the day before, the Yankees needed six innings to hit the ball in a safe spot in this duel. Once awakened, the New York bout was able to come back to win thanks to a homer from Aaron Judge in Sunday’s 10th inning against the Houston Astros.
Giancarlo Stanton, the second hitter of the seventh inning, woke the Yankees with a solo slap to narrow the gap at 3-1 and take away the chance for Jose Urquidy to go without running or hitting, as I had his teammates on day before.
DJ LeMahieu equalized the game with a two-point homer to set the stage for Judge’s extra-inning stunt.
The judge leads the MLB with 28 home runs this season, six more than any other MLB player. After his winning home run, Judge took to the stands and handed his bat to Spike Lee, a Yankees fan famous for his Hollywood drama plots.
“What amazed me was how easy it took off,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “It’s like he’s just trying to touch the ball.”
Like Thursday, when he broke a tie with a single in the ninth inning, the judge lifted the Yankees to the top of the MLB overall standings.
“We have the best team on the planet,” said the judge.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, New York’s 16 1/3 hitterless innings represent the longest streak by a team since at least 1961.
It is the tenth time this season that the Yankees have won with a winning success, a seasonal record in the Majors.
The Astros were without slugger Yordan Alvarez, who was sidelined with a problem with his hand.
Elsewhere in America:
Red Sox 8 – Guardians 3
BOS: JD Martinez drove in two points and scored one
CLE: José Ramirez ended the day with three wins in four appearances
Pirates 2 – Rays 4
PIT: Daniel Vogelbach scored a solo homer in the 8th inning for the Pirates, whose June record is 8-16
TB: Shane McClanahan (8-3) conceded 1 point, 4 hits and took out 10 to bring his tally to 123 strikeout, a higher maximum. He lowered his ERA to 1.77
Orioles 3 – White Sox 4
BAL: Orioles close the gap in the 9th inning by scoring 2 points from Jonathan Arauz’s single and a sacrificial flight from Cedric Mullins, aided by 2 mistakes from first baseman Jose Abreu
CWS: Dylan Cease scored 13 strikeouts in 7 innings, Gavin Sheets scored and the White Sox avoided a four-game sweep
Athletics 5 – Real 3
OAK: Seth Brown scored his 10th homer of the season in the 6th inning and Nick Allen led in 2 runs
KC: KC scored each of his 3 points in 6th on Carlos Santana’s 2-point single and then Edward Olivares’ single
Rocky Mountains 3 – Gemini 6
COL: Charlie Blackmon scored his 13th home run of the season in the third inning
MIN: Byron Buxton scored a single, double and triple as well as producing a run
National 6 – Rangers 4
ERA: Nelson Cruz drove in three races
TEX: Jonah Heim led in three runs including two on a home run in the ninth inning