The Yankees suspended five, then enjoyed a day at the beach.
After a tone-setting five-run first inning, the Yankees continued to build up early and often to end a three-game sweep of the Cubs in emphatic fashion with an 18-4 win Sunday afternoon at the Bronx.
With eight of their nine starters recording at least one hit — and six days off multiple hits — the Yankees (44-16) won for the 11th time in their last 12 games. Their offense has fueled them lately, scoring eight or more runs in four of their last six games — including a season-high 18 runs on Sunday on a season-high 17 hits.
Matt Carpenter, a late addition to an undertime Gleyber Torres roster, led the offensive assault going 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs, a double and seven RBIs. In 10 games since signing with the Yankees in late May after requesting his release from Triple-A affiliate Rangers, veteran Carpenter has eight hits, including six homers.
For good measure, with a 13-run lead in the eighth inning, Carpenter made a diving save at third base to kick out a runner early, capping off a great day for the former Cardinal.
Kyle Higashioka, another late replacement for Jose Trevino (back), also contributed by hitting his first two homers of the year.
The Cubs’ biggest feat of the weekend turned out to be holding the Yankees to two runs in 13 innings on Friday night. The floodgates opened from there, as the Yankees racked up 26 points over the past two games to win the sweep.
Jameson Taillon wasn’t too sharp, but had a huge lead to pitch for most of his five innings of work. The Cubs (23-36) had three runs on seven hits, but Taillon did his most important job: he got his offense back into the dugout fast enough so they could keep dishing out more damage.
The Yankees actually trailed briefly on Sunday — the only time in this series — as potential summer trade target Ian Happ took Taillon deep for a solo home run in the top of the first inning.
The Cubs’ lead didn’t last long, however.
Aaron Judge led the bottom of the first with a single before Cubs right-hander Keegan Tompson walked three straight one-out batters to tie the game. Isiah Kiner-Falefa then put the Yankees ahead with a two-run brace.
After a pop-up dropped by Cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom allowed the rally to continue, Joey Gallo netted a two-out, two-run brace for the 5-1 lead that eliminated Thompson of the game.
Carpenter delivered his first home run of the day in the second inning, a three-run shot to right field that made it 8-1.
After Higashioka started the third inning with a home run, Gallo walked and came in to score on Giancarlo Stanton’s RBI double for the 10-1 lead.
Carpenter went even further in the sixth inning, a two-run shot to right field. He became only the second player since 1900 to have six of his first seven hits in a season as homers.
The Yankees got five more runs in the seventh inning against reliever Sean Newcomb before the Cubs saw first baseman Frank Schwindel pitch the eighth. Higashioka greeted him with a home run that capped off the kill.
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