Blimey! What a game!
Baseball’s first foray into Europe will forever be remembered, even if it won’t necessarily be part of any highlight reels. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees turned London Stadium into a launching pad Saturday, with the Yankees pulling out a 17-13 win that was absolutely bonkers on every possible level.
Let’s take a look at some of the incredible numbers from Saturday’s historic affair across the pond:
30: Total runs scored Saturday, the second-highest combined score for a Yankees-Red Sox game.
22: Goals scored by last-place Huddersfield Town during the 2018-19 EPL season.
23: Total points scored during the first regular-season NFL game in London on Oct. 28, 2007, when the New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins 13-10 at Wembley Stadium.
37: Total hits, the fifth-most in a Yankees-Red Sox game since at least 1908, according to Katie Sharp of the “Talkin’ Yanks” podcast. Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi were the only players on either side who – incredibly – went hitless.
3: Outs recorded by starting pitchers Rick Porcello (1) and Masahiro Tanaka (2). Porcello and Tanaka both allowed six runs.
6: RBIs for Red Sox first baseman Michael Chavis. No other Red Sox hitter drove in more than one.
1979: The last time two teams both had a pair of six-run innings in a single game before the Yankees and Red Sox did it in London. The Cubs and Phillies accomplished the feat in the infamous 23-22 game at Wrigley Field.
422: Total pitches thrown Saturday. Yankees reliever Nestor Cortes Jr. tossed 58 of them, the most by an individual pitcher. For his efforts, Cortes was optioned to Triple-A postgame.
4:42: Length of game. It’s the third-longest nine-inning game in MLB history, coming in three minutes shy of the record (also a Yankees-Red Sox game).
59,659: Attendance at Saturday’s game, the largest MLB crowd since Sept. 28, 2003, at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.
41: Total number of players used Saturday. Both teams used eight pitchers apiece while 25 combined position players took part.
26: Number of active players on each team’s roster for this two-game series.
0: Somehow, the total number of errors committed in Saturday’s otherwise sloppy game.