Yankees put on a show, secure 6-3 win against Cubs

Stanton homers twice as Yankees rebound with 6-3 win over Cubs.

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The New York Yankees delivered a commanding performance on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, securing a resounding 6-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The standout of the game was Giancarlo Stanton, who made significant contributions with impressive stats: 3 at-bats, 3 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, and 3 RBIs. Stanton’s exceptional display included a mammoth home run in the first inning and a two-run homer in the fifth, confirmed after a video review.

Stanton holding a bat during the Yankees game.
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The Yankees avoided their third four-game losing streak of the season, thanks in part to Josh Donaldson‘s 10th homer and Harrison Bader‘s two-run double.

After struggling in the series opener, where they were limited to two singles, the Yankees improved their record to 14-16 since losing Aaron Judge to a toe injury on June 3.

Gerrit Cole, who now boasts a 9-2 record, pitched a solid game, allowing three runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings. Cole has been particularly impressive this season, winning all eight of his starts following a Yankees loss.

Stanton, who has faced challenges since returning from a hamstring injury in early June, showcased his power once again. In the first inning, he blasted a 447-foot home run off Drew Smyly, giving the Yankees an early 1-0 lead. Later in the game, Stanton lined a pitch from reliever Michael Rucker down the right-field line, resulting in his ninth homer of the season.

Giancarlo Stanton in action for the Yankees.
ESPN

Stanton’s performance marked his 36th multi-homer game, with his previous one occurring on May 12, 2022, against the White Sox in Chicago. Additionally, Stanton reached base three times, including a walk in addition to his two home runs.

Cole was dominant on the mound, retiring 16 of the next 17 batters until Miles Mastrobuoni singled. Former Yankee Mike Tauchman finally broke through with a two-run homer, forcing Cole’s exit from the game.

Michael King stepped in to secure the final five outs, earning his sixth save of the season. The game concluded with a fantastic diving catch by Harrison Bader in center field on Yan Gomes’ sinking liner.

The Cubs struggled once again, suffering their ninth loss in the last 13 games. They managed to score their first run off Cole on a groundout by Nico Hoerner in the third inning.

Gerrit Cole ready to play for the Yankees.
AP

On the injury front, the Cubs placed shortstop Dansby Swanson on the 10-day injured list due to a bruised left foot. Meanwhile, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, who is dealing with a torn ligament in his right toe, is still deliberating whether to travel to the All-Star Game in Seattle or receive treatment during the break in New York.

Looking ahead, the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks (3-3, 2.64 ERA) is set to face the Yankees’ Domingo German (5-5, 4.52 ERA) in the upcoming Sunday matchup.

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