The Yankees win!! It was a total slugfest on this Thursday night in the Bronx. The Yanks put together five homers to score all seven of their runs. The best thing? Boston FINALLY lost!! We are now eight games back, the race is far from over... I promise you! Aaron Hicks got the Yanks on the board right away with a bomb of a two run shot to the second deck in right field. That’s his 20th on the year, and every time he homers, it’s a new career high for the Yankees’ centerfielder. It was a one run game going into the bottom of the fourth. Miguel Andújar gives us some cushion with a two run homer to left center for his 16th on the year. Next up, Neil Walker, who goes back to back with Miguel Andújar, crushing his 5th on the year from the left side of the plate. Some history is made in the fifth. Giancarlo Stanton connects with the hardest hit homer EVER in statcast history! Registered at 121.7 MPH, that homer got out in a hurry, and extended the lead to 6-3. That ball looked even harder in real life! Tacking on one more run in the sixth is Neil Walker, who from the right side, hits his second homer of the night! It was the second time a batter hit two homers in the same game, from both sides of the plate for the Yankees this season. The other was Aaron Hicks. The Yankees are on pace to tie the MLB record for most homers for a team in a single season. The Yanks have got 186 so far and the record is 274, currently held by the 1997 Seattle Mariners.
J.A. Happ turned in a solid performance in his second start in pinstripes. He gave up three runs on four hits in six strong innings of work, while walking one and punching out nine. Robertson, Betances, and Chapman all tossed an inning in relief, keeping the game where it was. Chapman struck out too, while D-Rob and Dellin struck out one a piece.
Stanton: 1-4, HR, RBI, R, K
Hicks: 1-3, HR, 2RBI, R, BB
Andújar: 2-4, HR, 2RBI, R, K
Walker: 2-4, 2HR, 2RBI, 2R, K
The Yankees will play game two of four against the Texas Rangers tomorrow at 7:05pm. Masahiro Tanaka gets the start against Mike Minor.
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