It took 18 innings to decide last night’s contest between the young New York Yankees and the World Series champion Chicago Cubs.
The Yankees were in command for the majority of the game. The only reason this game was forced to go into extras was by virtue of a comeback in the bottom of the ninth from the Chicago Cubs who were facing their former closer in Aroldis Chapman. They trailed 4-1 and came all the way back to tie the game up at 4 behind clutch hits from Albert Almora Jr. and Javier Baez.
From the ninth inning to the 16th inning, the Yankees only scratched together one hit. Both bullpens proved dominant as they allowed no runs until the top of the 18th inning. The one run let up in the top of the 18th would eventually prove to be the winning run.
This run came on a Sterlin Castro ground ball which scored Aaron Hicks from third due to a bad throw to the opposite side of the plate from Cubs shortstop Addison Russel.
“We’re going to grind out games,” Hicks said. “We’re going to fight to the end.”
Chasen Shreve pitched three innings for the Yankees allowing no runs during that time. He exhibited gutsy command by striking out Kyle Hendricks with runners on first and second in the bottom of the 18th inning and would eventually get the win for the Bronx Bombers.
Perhaps the biggest highlight of this game came from Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber who made a Derek Jeter-esque diving catch into the stands during the 12th inning.
The Yankees advanced to 20-9 and won their 5th straight game while the Cubs dropped to 16-15.