TORRINGTON – Despite taking a 3-0 after the first inning Thursday, the Yankees fell to the Cubs in a back-and-forth battle, 11-9, giving both teams a 2-3 record.
The Yankees continued to lead into the third inning, but the Cubs scored six in the inning to take a 7-4 lead into the fourth. The Yanks plated two runs in the fourth to draw within one run. The Cubs piled on four more runs in the sixth to take a commanding 11-6 lead. The Yankees attempted a rally, but their three-runs fell short.
Bryce Hager, who spent some time on the mound for the Cubs, slammed two homeruns in the game, once in the third and once in the sixth. He scored three runs by himself in the win. Mac Hibben and Ryder Hackbarth each scored two runs. Barrett Eichenberger and Ayden Desmond scored two runs apiece for the Yankees.
On the other diamond Thursday, the Cardinals kept their record unblemished, squeaking out a 7-6 win over the Mets. The Mets scored first, plating four runs in the first inning. They added another run in the second to take a commanding 5-0 lead.
The Cardinals’ bats came alive in the later part of the game. They scored one run in the third and three in the fourth, while the Mets added another in the fourth, giving them a 6-4 lead heading into the fifth. Grady Shields, Kealy Carson and Carson Shultz, who scored two runs in the game, all scored in the fifth inning to secure the win, 7-6.
The Cardinals extended their lead in the standings, upping their record to 5-0. The Yankees and Cubs both sit at 2-3, while the Mets are 1-4. The games Monday were canceled because of weather. The contests Tuesday were played after the press deadline. The Majors return to the diamond Thursday, with the Cards and Mets squaring off on Field 1 and the Yankees and Cubs playing on Field 1. Both games are slated for 7:15 p.m.