Last night the New York Yankees entered Oakland Coliseum hoping for a historic night and winning their 13th game in a row. It was the second game of a four-game set between the Yankees and the Oakland Athletics. Yankee ace Gerrit Cole was on the mound for the Yankees, and Sean Manaea for the Athletics. The Yankees got that 13th win by putting down the Athletics 8-2.
Yankees homer to their 13th consecutive win
The New York Yankees got 4 home runs last night, resulting in seven of the eight runs scored last night at Oakland Coliseum that gave the Yankees their 13th consecutive win, a historic night that was only matched by the 13 wins in 1961. The Yankees had 14 hits in the game. The home run barrage started in the fourth inning when Giancarlo Stanton hit a long ball 472 feet into the 2nd deck of the centerfield stands in the massive Oakland Coliseum. After Joey Gallo struck out, Luke Voit followed with his solo home run.
In the fifth inning, with Higashioka and LeMahieu on base Aaron Judge came to the plate and hit a massive three-run homer putting the Yankees up by five runs. But it was in the ninth that the Yankees put the Athletics away. The inning was led off by Velazquez, who doubled to the center-field wall. Higashioka homered to center. LeMahieu singled. Rizzo singled. Judge singled driving in LeMahieu.
Giancarlo Stanton is on fire
Giancarlo Stanton has been mostly healthy this year, only missing 21 games due to days off and a stint on the IL for a strained quad. Stanton had played in only 41 combined games between 2019 and 2020. He has now played 107 games this season. Stanton has proven before that if he is healthy, he is a force to be contended with. Last night he hit a monster home run 472′ into the Oakland sky that ended up in the second deck of the Oakland Coliseum.
Last night’s homer was his fourth in as many games, one in each of the Yankees road trip games starting in Atlanta. He is the only player in baseball to hit nine home runs registering at over 470′. He now has 24 home runs on the season, hitting safely in 19 of 25 games in August.
Cole gets 200th strikeout of the season
Last night Gerrit Cole the Yankee ace, got his league-leading 13th win of the season. He had all of his pitches working and gave the Yankees length saving the bullpen. He went six full innings. He reached a milestone of getting his 200th strikeout of the season, which leads all AL pitchers. He also leads the league with 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings. In all of baseball, only Zack Wheeler of the Phillies has 4 more, but Cole has more per game, as Wheeler did it in 26 games, while Cole attained his in 24 starts due to time on the Covid list.