Carpenter, Higashioka homers twice each as Yankees thrash Cubs 18-4
June 13, 2022
The three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees was a measuring stick for both teams. The Yanks used it to their advantage and defeat the Cubs convincingly.
The 18-4 loss on Sunday left the Cubs with a mountain to climb if they wanted to make another run at the World Series. It was tough to swallow since starting pitcher Keegan Thompson looked like he would be the team's best pitcher to finish the game, but he couldn't even end the first inning.
The series between the two teams felt like a repeat of the LA Dodgers' 20-3 sweep of the Cubs at Wrigley Field in May.
Thompson only faced nine batters during his first inning against New York, and he left without recording an out. The Chicago offense struggled to find the strike zone, and the Yankees hit several home runs to put the game out of reach.
David Ross, the manager of the Chicago Cubs, argued that the series showed where his team was at. The poor performance of the starting pitcher can get out of hand, which is why Ross said the series opener was a good sign for the team's performance until the road trip. According to the manager, consistency is what the team is working on.
"When you have a bad outing from the starting pitcher, sometimes it can get out of hand because you don't use the guys from the back end of the bullpen," Ross said. "I think the first game of this series was a very good indication of how we've played up until really this road trip.
After his first poor performance of the season, Thompson was able to bounce back and start the trip for the Cubs. He has a record of 6-1 and a 3.17 ERA. If the team can build a solid foundation for its future, Thompson could be a candidate to be one of the next great players in Chicago.
Yankees v Cubs
The Yankees were able to return to New York after a long road trip following a win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. They then hit nine home runs in the next two days to complete a three-game team sweep. The series loss gave the struggling Chicago team its sixth straight loss.
The Yankees improved to a 44-16, which is six games better than the next-best team in the loss column. The Cubs, on the other hand, are 13 games under par with the fifth-worst record in the league.
During the third inning of Sunday's game, Kyle Higashioka hit a home run to make it 9-1. In the next 11 innings, the team hit eight home runs. Matt Carpenter hit his second of the game in the sixth inning, and Higashioka added another one in the eighth.
“I’ve played the game long enough to know what it feels like and looks like when I’m right,” Carpenter said. “This is certainly that. I can have competitive at-bats every time I get in there. It got away from me the last few years, but I was able to put in a lot of good work. A lot of people helped me get it back.”
Higashioka praised Carp in an interview post-game and mentioned his positive influence in the Yankees' locker room.
“It’s been huge having him here, with the veteran presence he brings,” said Higashioka, who hit his first two homers of the season. “I’m constantly talking to him about hitting and his thought processes. He comes out, pops two homers and puts together great at-bats.”
Despite the team's recent winning streak, the Yankees are still focused on getting ready for the Tampa Bay Rays. Right-hander Cole will face off against Corey Kluber on Tuesday night.