May 25 feels like a long time ago. That was the last time the Yankees failed to homer in a game — in the second game of a doubleheader against the Royals. The Yankees would go on to tie (27 games) and then break the major league record (28 games) for consecutive games with a homer. Entering Tuesday’s game against the Mets, they had homered in 31 consecutive games.
Zack Wheeler pitched a solid game, limiting the Yankees to two runs on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts across 6 1/3 innings. The Yankees got both runs in the second inning on an RBI single from Gleyber Torres and a squeeze bunt from pitcher James Paxton.
Justin Wilson got the final two outs of the seventh for Wheeler, also holding the Yankees homerless. Seth Lugo worked a scoreless eighth. Edwin Díaz, who has struggled as of late, was able to close out the game just as rain began to fall at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the homerless Yankees 4-2.
During the Yankees’ streak, the team collectively hit .282/.355/.496 with 57 home runs and 198 RBI in 1,213 trips to the plate. They entered Tuesday with a 54-28 record, good for the best record in the American League.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.