Yankees combine for 29 runs during two game sweep over the Red Sox in London
After the Yankees and Red Sox combined for 30 runs in Saturday’s 17-13 Yankee win the two teams combined for another 20 runs on Sunday with New York coming out victorious again by a score of 12-8. The Yanks have now won 11 of their last 12 games and extended their division lead over Boston to 11 games.
The first major league series ever to be played in Europe will be remembered as a total slugfest. The two rivals scored 50 runs and used 30 pitchers over the course of the two games which took a combined 9 hours and six minutes to play. The Bronx Bombers certainly lived up to their names as the Yankees offense themselves produced 32 hits during the series putting on a show for the English fans.
All-Star second basemen DJ Lemahieu continued to show why he’s a leading MVP candidate by going 7 for 12 during the two-game set with three doubles and seven RBI. Over his last six games, LeMahieu is on fire hitting going 18-28 (.643 BA) with 13 RBI and 10 runs scored. He ended June hitting .394 with 6 HR and 29 RBI.
The Yankees offense launched four home runs this weekend but it took them until the top of the eighth inning to extend their major league record of consecutive games with a home run streak to 31. Didi Gregorius did the honors by blasting a 416 ft bomb into the right-center field seats.
On the pitching side, it obviously wasn’t very pretty for either team especially for the Yankees starting pitchers. After Masahiro Tanaka gave up six runs and didn’t make it out of the first inning on Saturday Stephen Tarpley got the start as the opener on Sunday and gave up four runs and three home runs in his only inning of work.
The maligned Red Sox bullpen was an even bigger trainwreck posting an ERA of 14.59 with Yankees hitters .390 against them in 12.1 IP. Following the game Boston skipper, Alex Cora had this to say about his team and how they stack up to the Yankees at this point in the season.
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The two teams still have 12 games to play against each other with eight of them coming at Fenway Park but based on the way the Yanks are playing right now it’s hard to envision Boston making a run at another Al East title. That being said the defending champs have yet to really go on an extended run this season so the Yankees need to keep their foot on the gas and continue to play good baseball to put Boston out of reach for good.
The Yanks will return to New York for another two-game set against the cross-town rival Mets in Queens before finishing up the first half in Tampa for a four-game set. Right now their 7.5 games up on the Rays (8 in the loss column) and after sweeping them during their recent 9-1 homestand they’ll look to extend their division lead to double digits before the break.