The Yankees swept the reigning World Series champs over the weekend. The one thing that stood out is just how resilient this exciting team really is.
I’ll be honest with you — after Aroldis Chapman coughed up a three-run Yankees lead in the bottom of the 9th inning — sending the game into extra innings, I went to sleep.
I did so partly because I was disgusted that the $86 million-dollar man cost the stellar Luis Severino a win — and, I had to get up early for work.
Yet, as my head hit the pillow, a sense of calm washed over me because if this season has already taught me anything, it’s that this Yankees team is resilient.
Low and behold, upon waking up this morning and checking the Bleacher Report Team Stream notification on my phone, I was pumped to read: “Yankees Beat Cubs in 18-Inning Marathon.”
The bottom line is that good teams find a way to win.
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As for those who say that the Yankees have been lucky more times than not this season, as evidenced by the bunt laid down by Aaron Hicks in the 18th inning that turned into a two-base error, and subsequent fielder’s choice by Starlin Castro that Cubs shortstop Addison Russell wildly threw home — allowing Hicks to slide in safely — I say, yup (Draymond Green voice)!
Does it really matter how the Yankees win, especially when you take a gander at the AL East standings to see the team from the Bronx sitting in first place at 20-9!
Six hours and five minutes after it began, Chasen Shreve struck out pinch hitter Kyle Hendricks (the pitcher) to finally put the game to rest. At 2:13 a.m. ET, the Yanks swept the reigning World Series Champions — putting the world on notice that the Bombers are officially a club to be reckoned with.
As Hicks told the USA Today following the impromptu doubleheader:
"“We’re going to grind out games,” Hicks said. “We’re going to fight to the end.”"
That’s no more evident than the two franchise records set last night in Chicago. Yankee pitchers struck out a record 26 batters, while Yankee hitters swung and missed 22 times. Who says you can’t have it all?