An iconic setting was rewarded with an iconic performance at MLB's Field of Dreams Game.
Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson hit a two-run, walk-off homer to cap off a nine-inning thriller that saw the New York Yankees erase a three-run deficit against AL saves leader Liam Hendriks. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton each hit a pair of two-run homers to take a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth.
After a Seby Zavala walk, Anderson delivered the White Sox response:
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The homer is the 15h walk-off homer ever hit by the White Sox against the Yankees, according to former ESPN stats researcher Doug Kern. The first was hit by none other than Shoeless Joe Jackson, who you may remember playing a major role in "Field of Dreams."
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The Yankees' Tyler Wade opened the ninth inning with a single before back-to-back strikeouts from DJ LeMahieu and Brett Gardner left the Yankees down to their last out. Judge pounced on a center-cut 2-1 fastball for his second homer of the game, putting the Yankees within striking distance:
ALL RISE AGAIN!
Aaron Judge with his 2nd HR of the night to make it a 1-run game! pic.twitter.com/S64IJRXmuK
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Recent trade addition Joey Gallo followed that up with a walk, then Giancarlo Stanton did this to the first pitch he saw:
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A Gary Sanchez strikeout ended the inning with the Yankees up 8-7. Zach Britton came in to close the door, but Anderson shoved it wide open for one of the most entertaining wins of the year.
Before the ninth inning, the game had already seen a pair of lead changes and five homers, as well as an RBI double for Anderson. The Yankees managed to get four runs off White Sox Cy Young candidate Lance Lynn, but not enough to offset Chicago's seven earned runs off Andrew Heaney.
The game was opened with a powerful ceremony hosted by "Field of Dreams" star Kevin Costner, featuring players on both teams entering the field via cornfield like in the 1989 baseball classic. Nine innings later, the game ended with a ball heading back out.
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