Londoners, for better or worse, may have gotten the wrong impression of what Major League Baseball is all about.
In two games between the Yankees and Red Sox over the weekend, the teams combined to score 50 runs, with New York winning both contests by margins of 17-13 and 12-8.
Obviously, even by Red Sox/Yankee standards, that is an absurd amount of runs and makes MLB out to be a much more offensive product, in a good way, than it usually is.
In scoring the 50 runs, the teams combined for 65 hits, 16 doubles and 10 homers, with both games going over four hours. Saturday’s game went 4:42, making it the third-longest nine-inning game in MLB history. (The two longest games are both also Boston/New York contests.)
One of those Yankee home runs was hit by Didi Gregorius in the eighth inning on Sunday, extending New York’s record streak of games with home runs to 31.
“The experience was great,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “The guys relished it, I felt they were really excited to get here and they embraced the whole thing. It felt big, it felt important, and to get out of here with two wins from some crazy games with a lot of offense, we’re really excited about that.”
The Chicago Cubs and St Louis Cardinals will play in London in 2020.
Speaking of scoring, Australia finished off New Zealand 243-157 in the Cricket World Cup on Saturday, just eight miles away from where the Yankees-BoSox game took place.
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