Let's play two: Yankees beat Cubs 5-4 in 18 innings

In Game 1 of the series the Yankees had three times more hits than the Cubs, yet heading into the 9th inning, Chicago led 2-0.

"They need to get in a groove, you know, and I think the whole team needs to get in a groove right now", catcher Miguel Montero said.

The teams combined for a major league record of 48 strikeouts, The Associated Press reported.

The previous record was 43, established in a 20-inning marathon between the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics in 1971, according to ESPN.

"There was an opportunity there", Hicks said about the bunt.

The Yankees added a run in the third when Chris Carter's grounder skipped past third baseman Kris Bryant for an error.

According to STATS, LLC, the game marked the second time in history two teams recorded 20-plus strikeouts. We were not making adjustments. NY was never behind Sunday night, though it certainly felt like they were when Joe Girardi pulled his closer that just surrendered a three-run lead.

"We had the right guys up there but just couldn't get the big hit", Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "Some brilliant performances out of guys out of the bullpen".

The Yankees also set another single-game record by having seven pitchers strike out at least two batters.

Chasen Shreve (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings, striking out pinch-hitting pitcher Kyle Hendricks with runners on first and second for the final out in New York's fifth straight win.

The score board displays the New York Yankees defeated the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, in the 18th inning of an interleague baseball game Monday, May 8, 2017 in Chicago.

"Nobody feels worse than I do", Anderson said.

Javier Baez and Albert Almora Jr. hit one-out, RBI singles to pull the Cubs within one after Chapman allowed a leadoff walk and a single. Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell and Willson Contreras all K'd three times.

NY was able to get to Chicago starter Jon Lester early, scoring a run in the first inning on an RBI groundout by Starlin Castro that brought home Hicks.

With their starters allowing more first-inning runs quicker than any staff in baseball, the Cubs have had to play catch-up in numerous games. The 24 steals are good for second in the AL, though the Yankees are first with a stolen base success rate of 82.76 percent. In the 12th, left fielder Schwarber flew into the stands to make a highlight-worthy catch. In the 14th, pitcher Jake Arrieta - who is scheduled to start later Monday in Denver - struck out as a pinch hitter. NY seemingly leads the AL in every major offensive category, ranking first in runs (167), home runs (48), on-base percentage (.352) and slugging percentage (.461). RAYS 6, BLUE JAYS 1 Logan Morrison and Colby Rasmus hit two-run home runs for host Tampa Bay in a victory over Toronto. He was reached for just one run and two hits over seven-plus innings. Opponents have pounded them in the first inning to the tune of a major league-leading 41 runs and 11 homers through 31 games.

"Putting the pieces together, having to move Szczur out of here today because this may occur, that was the tough part of the day", Maddon said. "Jonny Lester was really, really good". It was later revealed that the Anderson had lower back tightness. Eddie Butler and Mike Montgomery are the main candidates to replace him.

Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach was hammered for 10 runs (eight earned) off 11 hits in just three innings of work. The Cubs also optioned LHP Rob Zastryzny to Triple-A Iowa and recalled RHP reliever Justin Grimm and INF Tommy La Stella from their top farm club. Yankees 1B Matt Holliday made his first start in the field this season.

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