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Yanks add 4 homers to record month, sweep
Paxton allows 1 hit vs. former team; Judge, Sanchez trading blows
By Bryan Hoch @BryanHochAugust 28, 2019
SEATTLE — It took all of 19 pitches for the Yankees’ traveling power show to continue its barrage against West Coast pitching, as Gary Sánchez tracked the flight of his drive down the left-field line. The pure sensation of ball meeting bat ensured that distance was not going to be an issue.
Sanchez’s drive stayed true in fair territory, and the Bombers were only getting started. Mike Ford, Aaron Judge and DJ LeMahieu also went deep as the Yankees extended their Major League record for homers in a calendar month, completing a three-game sweep of the Mariners with a 7-3 victory Wednesday at T-Mobile Park.
“We’ve still got a couple of games to complete the month,” said Sanchez, the first catcher to enjoy multiple 30-homer seasons since the Braves’ Javy Lopez in 1998 and 2003. “Home runs, they come on their own. That’s the kind of team we have. We go out to compete, and we find ourselves hitting homers.”
The prominent storyline could have revolved around the matchup of James Paxton and Justus Sheffield, a pair of left-handers with electric arsenals who were traded for each other by these clubs last November. Instead, the bats stole the show, powering the Yankees to a winning road trip with their 12th sweep of the year.
Considering that the journey began with a three-game sweep at the hands of the Athletics in Oakland, the Yankees earned their happy flight home. New York bounced back to take two of three from the Dodgers in a potential World Series preview, then did not let up off the gas in the Pacific Northwest.
Cubs plate 6 in 1st inning Ian Happ smashes a two-run jack and Kyle Schwarber adds an RBI double as the Cubs score six runs on five hits in the 1st against the Mets