A new MLB record for Josh Donaldson as Yankees beat Cubs

Josh Donaldson hits his 10th homer of the 023 season against the Cubs on July 08, at Yankee Stadium.

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In New York’s 6-3 victory over the Cubs on Saturday, Josh Donaldson, who has faced criticism from Yankees fans this season, found himself with a strange MLB record. With his 10th home run of the season, he became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to achieve this feat within his first 14 hits of a season, as confirmed by Elias Sports Bureau.

Despite facing challenges this season, Josh Donaldson showcased his power by launching a solo home run to left field in the second inning against Cubs left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly. This marked his fourth home run and seventh extra-base hit in just 21 career at-bats against Smyly.

Josh Donaldson’s historic milestone

Despite entering the game with a meager .125 batting average (2-for-16) in July, the veteran slugger made his mark by hitting his second home run of the current home stand. However, this milestone comes with an unusual distinction.

Josh Donaldson’s double-digit home runs have come with only 14 total hits in the 2023 season. This sets a new record for the fewest number of hits while reaching 10 home runs in a season in MLB history, according to CBS Sports.

Josh Donaldson of the Yankees at Yankees Stadium against the Mariners on June 22, 2023.

The achievement highlights the power and impact Josh Donaldson brings to the plate, even with limited hits. It showcases his ability to make the most out of his opportunities and demonstrates the unique nature of his offensive contributions.

In the second inning, Josh Donaldson, despite his struggles with a .146 batting average this season, played a crucial role in extending the Yankees’ lead. The team held onto that lead to secure a 28-22 home record and a 49-41 overall record.

A career that looks sordid in 2023

Throughout his career, which began in 2010 with the Oakland Athletics, Josh Donaldson has maintained a solid .262 batting average. Therefore, his current statistic of only 14 hits in 96 at-bats is perplexing. As the All-Star break approaches, the Yankees, who currently rank 28th in MLB with a team batting average of .230, are undoubtedly hoping that the veteran can contribute to getting the lineup back on track.

“You look at the ability in here and unfortunately, for a stretch since Judge has been out, we haven’t gotten on a roll and all started to produce at the same time,’’ Donaldson said. “I definitely think we’re capable of it. It’s just being consistent on a day-to-day basis.”

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