Thursday’s stories from the sporting world include an epic walk-off win in Bean Town, a rookie slugger setting a new record for consecutive games with a strikeout, a bold postseason promise and more.
Down to their final strike in the bottom of the ninth inning, Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts ripped a liner off the green monster in left field, which plated the tying and winning run in Boston’s 5-4 walk-off win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park.
Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees blasted a 117 mph rocket into the third deck at Citi Field; the ball traveled 457 feet, according to Statcast. The home run is Judge’s American League-leading 37th as the Yankees went on to beat the New York Mets 5-3.
Despite his massive home run, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge whiffed in the ninth inning against New York Mets pitcher Erik Goeddel, giving him a strikeout in 33 consecutive games. Judge now holds the Major League record for most consecutive games with a strikeout by a position player, passing Adam Dunn who set the previous record in 2012.
The Los Angeles Dodgers put together a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning en route to win No. 85 of the season. The knockout punch was Yasiel Puig’s two-run double as the Dodgers completed a brief, two-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox.
Following his walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig made a promise to the fans who were still cheering at Dodger Stadium. “We’ll see you in the World Series,” said Puig during his on-field postgame interview.
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that center Ryan Kelly will need surgery on his foot. Kelly injured his foot in practice about a week ago and unsuccessfully tried to heal the injury with rest.
The Los Angeles Rams gave up a high draft pick to nab wide receiver Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills. Watkins appears to already be making his presence felt at camp, especially to second-year quarterback Jared Goff.
Tommy Hawkins, the first black player to have the honor of being named All-American at Notre Dame and who played for the Los Angeles Lakers during his ten-year NBA career, died in his sleep on Wednesday. He was 80.
The Denver Nuggets have named Calvin Booth as their assistant general manager, according to President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly.
Leon Draisaitl has signed an eight-year, $68 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Draisaitl had been a restricted free agent and the contract, which has an average annual value of $8.5 million, runs through the 2024-25 season.