Saturday afternoon’s Triple-A game between the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies) and Rochester Red Wings (Twins) set or matched all kinds of franchise records. The two squads combined to score 38 runs, racking up 43 hits and eight walks. 15 of those 43 hits were home runs. The IronPigs outlasted the Red Wings 20-18 in 10 innings.
On the IronPigs side, Jan Hernández, Sean Rodríguez, Andrew Romine, and Dylan Cozens each hit two home runs. Mitch Walding had only one. For the Red Wings, Zander Wiel went yard twice while Ronald Torreyes, Wilin Rosario, Brent Rooker, and Wynston Sawyer hit a round-tripper apiece.
Rodríguez’s second homer of the day broke a 17-17 tie in the top of the 10th inning, a three-run homer to left-center field off of D.J. Baxendale.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.
DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.
After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.
With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.