While the Yankees’ 5-4 victory in 18 innings over the host Cubs early Monday was unusual for its length, the interleague game yielded a remarkable record of another sort.
The teams combined for a major league record 48 strikeouts, the Associated Press reported.
That’s a lot of Ks, even for 6 hours and 5 minutes of playing.
The previous record was 43, established in a 20-inning marathon between the Angels and Athletics in 1971, ESPN wrote.
“It’s just a crazy game,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
The Yankees set team records for pitching 26 strikeouts and striking out 22 times when they were at bat, obliterating previous highs of 19 and 17, the AP noted. Leading the way were Aaron Hicks and Chase Headley with four whiffs each. Five Cubs stuck out three times, ESPN reported.
Hicks scored on Starlin Castro’s ground ball to give the visitors a 5-4 lead in the 18th, and New York pitcher Chasen Shreve helped the Yankees hang on for the victory over the defending champions in the bottom of the inning.
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