Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Yankees' Record Home Run Streak Ends at 31 Games

Gio Urshela approaches third base on his two-run home run on Saturday, June 22. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Yankees' Major League record streak of home runs in consecutive games ended at 31 as they did not hit one against the Mets on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

On Tuesday, June 25 the Yankees set the record as they have home runs in 28 consecutive games. LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, and Edwin Encarnacion each hit solo home runs in their game against Toronto at Yankee Stadium.

The prior MLB record was set by the Texas Rangers, who homered in 27 straight from August 11-September 9, 2002.

The Yankees set the franchise record on Sunday with home runs in 26 consecutive games when DJ LeMahieu hit a three-run home run in the 5th inning against Houston's Justin Verlander. 

The Yankees tied the prior franchise record of 25 when third baseman Gio Urshela launched his two-run home run to right field in the fifth inning of Saturday night's game with the Houston Astros. Austin Romine hit a solo shot to right field in the seventh inning as well.


Five teams in Major League Baseball history had a home run in 25 consecutive games: The Yankees 1941 team homered in 25 straight games from June 1-29, 1941; the Detroit Tigers (May 25-June 19, 1994), Atlanta Braves (April 18-May 13, 1998), San Diego Padres (June 28-July 27, 2016), and St. Louis Cardinals (April 9-September 16, 2016).

The Yankees' prior record of 25 straight with a home run in 1941 was produced by some of the best players in their history, and here is the breakdown: Joe DiMaggio (10), Tommy Henrich (9). Charlie Keller (9), Joe Gordon (5), Red Rolfe (3), Frankie Crosetti (1), Phil Rizzuto (1), George Selkirk (1), Johnny Sturm (1). 

The Yankees have achieved this with two of their main home-run hitters, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Judge, out with injury until they returned the past few days.

The home runs during the home run streak have come from: Gary Sanchez (8), Gleyber Torres (7), DJ LeMahieu (7), Brett Gardner (5), Cameron Maybin (4), Luke Voit (4), Aaron Hicks (5), Gio Urshela (4), Edwin Encarnacion (3), Didi Gregorius (3), Clint Frazier (2), Aaron Judge (2), Giancarlo Stanton (1), and Austin Romine (1).

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday, June 22, of how so many of his players participated in it, "Just a lot of capable guys. You've seen our depth, you've seen a lot of guys step up, and I think, as a group, they do a really good job of making it difficult on a pitcher even when he's having his way with us a time or two through the order. I think guys have been really disciplined and focused on the approach and the plan as a group, and it's allowed us to be able to consistently score runs, and then having guys that are capable also of hitting the ball out of the ballpark."

The Yankees' home runs that have made up this historic streak (Date/Opponent/Game Result/who hit it and HR number of season/inning/type of HR/score at time of game):
  1. May 26 at Kansas City - 8-7 L - Torres (13) - 6th inning - three-run homer - 7-4 KC
  2.  May 27 vs. San Diego - 5-2 W - Frazier (10) - 2nd inning - solo - 2-1 SD; Gardner (8) - 2nd - 2-run - 3-2 NYY; Sanchez (16) - 8th - solo - 4-2 NYY
  3. May 28 vs. San Diego - 5-4 L - Sanchez (17) - 4th inning - solo - 4-1 SD
  4. May 29 vs. San Diego - 7-0 W - LeMahieu (5) - 1st - solo - 1-0 NYY; Voit (14) - 1st - 2-0 NYY;  Urshela (3) - 2nd - solo - 3-0 NYY; Torres (14) - 7th - two-run - 7-0 NYY
  5. May 31 vs. Boston - 4-1 W - LeMahieu (6) - 5th - solo - 4-1 NYY
  6. June 1 vs. Boston - 5-3 W - Sanchez (18) - 5th - two-run - 5-3 NYY
  7. June 2 vs. Boston - 8-5 L - Voit (15) - 4th - solo - 3-1 BOS
  8. June 4 at Toronto - 4-3 L - Frazier (11) - 4th - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Hicks (2) - 8th - solo - 4-3 TOR
  9. June 5 at Toronto - 11-7 L - Sanchez (19) - 4th - solo - 3-1 TOR; LeMahieu (7) - 6th - three-run - 7-4 NYY
  10. June 6 at Toronto - 6-2 W - Hicks (3) - 2nd - three-run - 4-0 NYY; Urshela (4) - 4th - solo - 5-0 NYY
  11. June 7 at Cleveland - 5-2 L - Hicks (4) - 3rd - solo - 2-0 NYY
  12. June 8 at Cleveland - 8-4 L - Gregorius (1) - 1st - two-run - 2-0 NYY
  13. June 9 at Cleveland - 7-6 W - Gardner (9) - 2nd - two-run - 2-0 NYY
  14. June 11 vs. Mets - Game 1 - 12-5 W - Urshela (5) - 4th - two-run - 4-4; Voit (16) - 4th - three-run - 7-4 NYY; Sanchez (20) - 8th - 12-5 NYY
  15. June 11 vs. Mets - Game 2 - 10-4 L - Gardner (10) - 9th - solo - 10-4 NYM
  16. June 13 at Chicago White Sox - 5-4 L - Gardner (11) - 4th - two-run - 4-0 NYY
  17. June 14 at Chicago White Sox - 10-2 L - Voit (17) - 1st - solo - 1-0 NYY
  18. June 15 at Chicago White Sox - 8-4 W - Torres (15) - 4th - two-run - 4-0 NYY; Maybin (2) - 7th - solo - 6-0 NYY
  19. June 16 at Chicago White Sox - 10-3 W - Maybin (3) - 7th - solo - 9-2 NYY
  20. June 17 vs. Tampa Bay - 3-0 W - LeMahieu (8) - 3rd - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Maybin (4) - 5th - solo - 3-0 NYY
  21. June 18 vs. Tampa Bay - 6-3 W - Maybin (5) - 7th - solo - 5-3 NYY; Encarnacion (22, first as Yankee) - 8th - solo - 6-3 NYY
  22. June 19 vs. Tampa Bay - 12-1 W - Sanchez (21) - 1st - three-run 0 3-0 NYY; Torres (16) - 7th - grand slam - 12-1 NYY
  23. June 20 vs. Houston - 10-6 W - Sanchez (22) - 4th - solo - 1-0 NYY; Torres (17) - 4th - three-run - 4-0 NYY; LeMahieu (9) - 4th - 6-0 NYY; Encarnacion - 7th - two-run - 10-3 NYY
  24. June 21 vs. Houston - 4-1 W - Sanchez (23) - 3rd - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Torres (18) - 7th - two-run - 4-1 NYY
  25. June 22 vs. Houston - 7-5 W - Urshela (6) - 5th - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Romine (2) 7th - solo - 5-5
  26. June 23 vs. Houston - 9-4 L - LeMahieu (10) - 5th - three-run - HOU 9-3  
  27. June 24 vs. Toronto - 10-8 W - Hicks (5) - 5th - three-run - 3-2 NYY; Stanton (1) - 6th - three-run - 10-2 NYY
  28. June 25 vs. Toronto - 4-3 W - LeMahieu (11) - 1st - solo - 1-0 NYY; Judge (6) - 1st- solo - 2-0 NYY; Torres (19) - 2nd - solo - 3-0 NYY; Encarnacion (24; 3 with NYY) 8th - solo - 4-2 NYY
  29. June 26 vs. Toronto - 8-7 W - Gregorius (2) - 1st - solo - 5-2 TOR; LeMahieu (12) - 4th - two-run - 5-5
  30. June 29 vs. Boston - 17-13 W - Hicks (6) - 1st - 2-run - 6-0 NYY; Gardner (12) - 3rd - 2-run - 8-6 NYY; Judge (7) - 4th - 2-run - 14-6 NYY
  31. June 30 vs. Boston - 12-8 W - Gregorius (3) - 8th - solo - 12-4 NYY

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