Could this game have played out any better for MLB and Commissioner Rob Manfred? The New York Yankees took on long time rival Boston Red Sox in London on Saturday, and what an insane game it was with neither starting pitcher made it out of the first inning.
The Red Sox starter Rick Porcello only logged a third of an inning, giving up 6 runs on 5 hits and a walk. The stage was set for a blow out, until the bottom half of the first. Masahiro Tanaka suffered the same fate, going two thirds of an inning and giving up 6 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.
At that point I said to myself, “this is exactly what MLB wants”. It was quite funny to hear Joe Buck and John Smoltz continue to compare the 58 minute first inning to cricket, and remind the fans watching on the BBC that it wasn’t normal.
The wildness of this game didn’t end there however. By the bottom of the 6th the score was 17-6 Yankees, but the Red Sox battled back, scoring a run in the 6th and 6 runs in the 7th. The scoring stopped after the 7th, and the Yankees held on to a 17-13 lead to win the first game of this two game London series.
Before the game, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred held a press conference where he said he would like to have “sustained play in Europe” saying that he is “interested in playing in other cities in Europe” as well.
MLB will return to London next year where the Chicago Cubs will take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Could we possibly see MLB in cities like Italy? France? Who knows, but it seems Rob Manfred wants to explore as many avenues as possible.
This game was incredible, and it seemed the fans in London Stadium were having fun the entire game. Here are some facts that I find pretty interesting from the game.
-According to Katie Sharp on Twitter (@ktsharp) this is only the third time in MLB history where both starters allowed 6 or more runs and didn’t get out of the first inning.
-There were 4 half innings where the teams scored 6 runs. Both teams in the first, the Yankees in the top of the 4th, and the Red Sox in the bottom of the 7th
-Only 3 out of the 9 innings went without a run
-Both teams combined for 30 runs, 37 hits, and each team used 8 pitchers for a total of 16
-This is the longest 9 inning game in MLB history coming in at 4 hours, and 42 minutes
-DJ LeMahieu went 4 for 6, Luke Voit went 4 for 4, JD Martinez went 3 for 5, and Jackie Bradley Jr. went 4 for 5
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