DJ LeMahieu hit a Grand Slam and a milestone on Saturday. The Yankees infielder won his second career Grand Slam, registering a 7–5 win over the White Sox in the Bombers’ second innings at Yankee Stadium.
It came on the day he reached 10 years of service in the big leagues.
“It is hard to wrap my mind around 10 years. If they had told me that 10 years ago I would have been here now, I would have been very surprised,” said Lemahieu. “Ten years and a good game and get a win I can’t ask for more.”
The average player’s career in the major leagues is just over three years.
The Yankees bounced back after Thursday’s defeat in Baltimore and rain on Friday. They have lost back-to-back games only once this season. They have won five of their last six and 10 of their last 12 matches. He maintains the best record in baseball at 29-10.
The game was marred by allegations by White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson that the Yankees had made a racist remark by calling hitter Josh Donaldson a “Jackie” in reference to Jackie Robinson. Anderson is black. Donaldson denies any racist intent, saying it referred to an interview Anderson called himself the ‘Jackie Robinson of today’ in 2019. Donaldson said he had joked about it before and laughed.
MLB was investigating the matter on Saturday night.
Lemahieu’s Grand Slam came in the second innings of White Sox lefty Dallas Keuchel. His last Slam was August 27, 2018. It was LeMahieu’s third home run of the season and the first Grand Slam by a Yankee this season. This marked his 49th homer with the Yankees in four seasons, matching his total in the eight seasons he played with the Rockies.
“It was a really nice day [offensively],” Lemhieu said. “We had really good batting all day today and I just had a big swing.”
Anthony Rizzo, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Donaldson each ran one race each.
Nestor Cortes conceded a season-high three runs – the most when he conceded three against Rangers on September 20, 2021 – on six hits. He dropped them all on a three-run shot in the left field of Jose Abreu in the third innings. It was the fourth home run he was allowed to play this season.
Despite not performing at his best, Cortés scored seven runs and a batsman failed to run.
“The first three innings I was torn, couldn’t find the rhythm,” Cortes said. “Because we’re going a little slower to start the game. We were much better in the fourth and fifth innings.
Clay Holmes received four outs for his fourth major league save. The right-handed sinkerballer scored two runs in 1.1 unscored innings and continued his streak of 21.0 scoreless innings which is currently the longest in the majors. He has made 19 no-scoring appearances this season, which is also the most among the major leagues.
“He has been special, probably as good a reliever as he has been in the league. I would think at this point that I can’t imagine anyone being better,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. in a large place. I wanted him to face the top of his order with all that authority and be as skilled as he was against some great right-handed hitters. He’s off to a really special start. And it’s fun to see him go out there and do his job.”