Yankees beat Cubs in longest interleague game played

2017 – In a nationally televised Sunday night game, the Yankees defeat the Cubs, 5 – 4, in 18 innings at Wrigley Field. The longest interleague game in history features a record 48 strikeouts – 26 by Yankees pitchers, and 22 by the Cubs. New York seems on its way to a victory with a 4 – 1 lead in the 9th, but Aroldis Chapman allows three runs, the last on a bases-loaded hit by pitch of Anthony Rizzo. There is no more scoring until the top of the 18th, when Aaron Hicks, who has struck out four times in the game, leads off with a bunt single off Pedro Strop and moves to second on C Willson Contreras’ throw, which ends up in right field. After moving to third, he scores on Starlin Castro’s infield grounder, when SS Addison Russell’s throw home is wide of the mark. Chasen Shreve pitches three scoreless innings for the win, which he ends by striking out P Kyle Hendricks, used a pinch-hitter with runners on first and second.

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