When Dominican reliever Wandy Peralta finally retired Freddie Freeman at the close of the ninth inning to give them to the New York Yankees the victory over the Atlanta Braves, New York scored its 11th victory for just the third time in the last 60 seasons since the major league expansion in 1962.
The Bronx Bombers won 11 in a row from September 16-26, 1964 and then from August 31 to September 10, 1985.
Since July 1 of this year, this edition of the Yankees is 25-5 (.833 win-loss percentage) in games decided by three runs or less, the most in the majors in that span. Before then, New York was 28-24 (.538) in those kinds of games: 6-9 in April, 14-5 in May, and 8-10 in June.
In addition, the Yankees have played in 70 games defined by two touchdowns or less, the most in the majors. Seven of those crashes have been during this chain of 11 trumps.
“I think our guys are comfortable in these close games,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Win or not, I know we’re comfortable and we’re going to play our game.”
“There is no panic,” added outfielder Aaron Judge. “This team is ready for anything. So I think it may be easier for us, because we’ve already been here. We’ve seen all kinds of results. “We’ve seen the good, we’ve seen the bad, and everything in between. At this point, nothing surprises us ”.
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