The big news of Saturday’s MLB action was the first-ever London Series getting underway after a few days of immense hype. The game took forever and provided a boatload of runs from the get-go. It was tied 6-6 through one inning that took about an hour. Yes, it was quite the scene.
As for the rest, we got a nice balance of later afternoon games starting at the 4 p.m. Eastern hour and we’ll have everything covered here throughout the night. Let’s get to it.
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Baseball schedule/scores for Saturday, June 29
Yankees, Red Sox light up scoreboard in London
The Yankees prevailed in the first MLB game ever played upon European soil, and it was a vintage Yanks-Sox slugfest.
The ugly line for Porcello: 1/3 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K. The outing caused his ERA to balloon to 5.07.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka apparently felt bad for his counterpart, because he was nearly as bad. Mookie Betts singled in front of a Rafael Devers double, and it was on. Michael Chavis’s three-run homer chased Tanaka in a near mirror image of the top half.
Tanaka’s line: 2/3 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K. Yes, neither starting pitcher made it out of the first inning. It was 6-6 through one. Does this seem rare? Yeah, it is.
It did seem like the ball was really jumping, and it was only 385 feet to center field. The Yankees continued the offensive onslaught in the middle innings, but a six-spot in the seventh got the Red Sox back in the game.
In all, the two teams combined for 30 runs on 37 hits, including 10 doubles and six home runs. Relevant:
Once the Red Sox reached double digits (on another Michael Chavis three-run bomb), we had more rarefied air:
If the fans in London like seeing runs scored, they certainly got their money’s worth. It wasn’t all offense, though, as the Yankees ended the game with a nifty double play:
The Yankees win and maintain their robust lead in the AL East, but the biggest story was how long this thing took due to the ball flying. The final game time was four hours and 42 minutes. Per ESPN Stats and Info, the longest nine-inning game of all time was four hours and 45 minutes (Yankees-Red Sox on Aug. 18, 2006).