I’m old enough to remember when the Yankees’ lineup was moribund, neutered by injuries to Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, and DJ LeMahieu. As recently as a couple weeks ago, the Yankees looked inept at the plate, as they labored through a 5-15 run during which they posted the lowest batting average and slugging percentage in the American League.
Those days, as recent as they were, already feel as though they were from another lifetime. The Yankees held off a late rally to cap off a sweep of the Blue Jays and win their eighth straight, setting a record in the process with 19 home runs in a three-game series.
Winner of the Game
The Yankees hit five home runs over the space of six batters in one inning. That’s it. That’s the highlights.
Bronx Bombers 4th-Inning Barrage; A THREAD pic.twitter.com/jwcvaluFJW— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 18, 2020
Giancarlo Stanton - New York Yankees (4) pic.twitter.com/eD5WlnWYQQ— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) September 18, 2020
And Gleyber Torres:
That historic stretch wasn’t actually the only highlight of another great night for the Yankees. Giancarlo Stanton rapped four hits. Brett Gardner had a couple. Gary Sanchez added a sixth homer later in the game. Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven solid innings.
But that remarkable few minutes in the fourth inning stand out not just in this game, but in this season. If you ever look back on this campaign and remember it as anything other than the freakish pandemic season, there’s a decent chance you’ll remember it as the year the Yankees tied the record for homers an inning, set the mark for homers in a three-game series, and became the first team ever to hit six homers in three straight games. What a fun moment.
Loser of the Game
Facetiously, we could say Aaron Hicks, who struck out in between the back-to-back-to-back homers and the back-to-back homers, theoretically depriving us of a streak of six straight homers. More seriously, Jonathan Holder inherited a 10-3 ninth-inning lead and imploded, allowing five of six batters to reach and forcing Aaron Boone to bring Aroldis Chapman into what looked like a blowout. The Jays managed to bring the tying run to the plate before Chapman finally brought the game to its close.