The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox warned new British fans not to expect 30 runs every game after serving up an offensive explosion in the first Major League Baseball game to be played in Europe.
The Yankees eventually prevailed 17-13 at the London Stadium in a game which saw the teams pile up 37 hits and six home runs between them, scoring 12 in a first inning that took 58 minutes alone as the game lasted more than four-and-a-half hours in total.
Anyone among the season-record 59,659 crowd watching for the first time may have confused this arcade version of the game for a sport which, in its purest form, should be a pitching battle.
“I actually spent some time thinking about that during the game,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “I was looking out to the crowd and wondering, they must be thinking, ‘This is pretty long’.
“But cricket takes all weekend to play, right? A lot of people are used to it. They saw a lot of great hitters do some great things and some really good defensive plays as well.
“But we should remind them there’s not 30 runs every game.”
Both teams scored six in the first inning before the Yankees powered their way into a 17-7 lead. That should have been enough to kill off Boston, but the Red Sox scored six in the seventh to threaten a late rally.
“I guess it’s one of those games that people love, people love offence,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “We know we have to do a better job in terms of getting people out, avoiding the big inning.
“Hopefully tomorrow is a more controlled game in terms of runs and we give the people from London a closer game. Those are cool too.”
The tight dimensions of this makeshift ballpark – at just 385 feet to the centrefield wall the smallest in baseball – no doubt contributed, but neither team pitched well, with both starters chased from the game before the end of the first inning.
Text by Press Association
The St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.
The victory secured their first Stanley Cup in their 52-year history.
St. Louis won the series four games to three, following the Capitals as the second team to win a maiden title in as many years.
The Blues took a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period before adding two more in the third. Jordan Binnington starred on the night having stopped 32 of 33 shots.
Victory for the Blues ended the longest wait in NHL history – 51 seasons – for a team to win its first championship.
In January, St. Louis owned the worst record in the league.
The Blues haven’t played in a Stanley Cup Final since 1970, when they also faced the Boston Bruins.
Before the game, Olympic gold-medalist gymnast Aly Raisman and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman wore Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz’s jersey as they pumped up the Bruins crowd. The game took place in Boston. Ortiz was shot over the weekend in the Dominican Republic.
The Philadelphia Eagles raced away in the fourth quarter as they beat NFC East rivals the Washington Redskins 28-13.
The Eagles drew first blood when Carson Wentz connected with Golden Tate for a score in the first, but a 90-yard Adrian Peterson rush put the depleted visitors up 10-7 midway through the second quarter.
Washington lost starting quarterback Alex Smith to a season-ending leg break earlier in November, and Monday night’s starter Colt McCoy left the same with a leg injury in the first quarter.
Darren Sproles found the end zone on a 14-yard rush for the Eagles, but a Dustin Hopkins field goal meant the game was finely poised going in the half 14-13 in favour of the reigning Super Bowl Champions.
After a scoreless third quarter, Wentz had his second TD of the night early in the fourth, finding Jordan Matthews, and Jake Elliott sealed the win with field goals from 46 and 44 yards.
The result means both the Eagles and Redskins have 6-6 records, while the Dallas Cowboys top the division with 7-5.