Yankees-Cubs sets MLB record with 48 combined strikeouts

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The Yankees and Cubs broke a major league record for combined strikeouts in a game with 48 on Sunday night in New York’s 5-4 victory in 18 innings.

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The record fell when Yankees catcher became the game’s 44th strikeout in the 17th inning, while facing Cubs reliever .

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The previous record of 43 strikeouts was set in a 20-inning game between the and Oakland Athletics Jersey in 1971.

Limited Tony Zych Jersey Editor’s PicksThese Yankees and Cubs are destined to meet in a World SeriesSunday’s series finale bled into Monday, and the epic 18-inning affair felt like it might never end. But for these two clubs, it’s only the beginning.

Tony Zych Jersey #55 For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out … times 48 for Yankees and CubsWho’d have thought that blowing a three-run lead in the ninth inning would have led to something more improbable– a strikeout record.

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“It’s just a crazy game,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Yankees Aaron Hicks Jersey and Chase Headley Jersey each struck out four times, with five Cubs striking out three times — , , Anthony Rizzo Jersey, Addison Russell Jersey and Willson Contreras Jersey.

Starlin Castro Jersey drove in Hicks with a fielder’s choice in the 18th for the go-ahead run.

“We’re going to grind out games,” Hicks said. “We’re going to fight to the end.”

Hicks led off with a bunt single against Strop (0-2) and advanced to second when the Cubs’ catcher, Contreras, threw it into right field for an error. With one out and Hicks on third, Castro hit a bouncer up the middle. Russell tried to throw home, but it was wide, and Hicks scored easily.

“I know we lost, but you’ve got to try to have fun with it,” Rizzo said.

Before Hicks scampered home with the winning run, the biggest highlight of extra innings belonged to Schwarber. The Cubs’ slugging left fielder went into the stands in foul territory for an outstanding catch on Headley’s foul popup in the 12th.

“Tremendous play,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

What was left of the crowd also sung along when the Cubs showed a tape of Harry Caray singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” for the second seventh-inning stretch in the 14th.

(1-0) pitched three scoreless innings, striking out pinch-hitting pitcher Kyle Hendricks Jersey with runners on first and second for the final out in New York’s fifth straight win.

The Yanks (20-9) completed a three-game sweep of the Cubs (16-15) for their first sweep of a defending champion on the road since doing the same to the 2003 Angels. New York also moved to 11 games over .500 — equivalent to the most games over .500 that the Yanks were all of last season (the last time on Sept. 10).

Chicago trailed 4-1 before it rallied in the ninth against Aroldis Chapman Jersey, who helped the Cubs win the World Series last year for the first time since 1908. Albert Almora Jr. and each singled in a run before Chapman hit the slumping Rizzo on his left wrist with the bases loaded on his 36th pitch, forcing home the tying run.

Rizzo got an X-ray on his arm and it came back negative.

“Thank my parents I drank my milk when I was a kid,” Rizzo said. “Decent bones.”

Tyler Clippard Jersey then came in and got to bounce to second for the final out. It was Chapman’s first blown save since Game 7 at Cleveland.

“I felt normal. It just wasn’t my night tonight,” Chapman said through a translator.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.

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