Exhausted, but excited - Hicks reacts after record-breaking Cubs-Yankees marathon

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Aaron Hicks was left understandably fatigued after his New York Yankees edged the Chicago Cubs 5-4 following 18 innings at Wrigley Field.

The six-hour marathon set a new MLB record of 48 strikeouts, while it was also the longest interleague game in terms of innings.

The Yankees had led 4-1 in the ninth, only for the World Series champions to score three times against their former closer Aroldis Chapman.

Eight more scoreless innings followed, before Hicks was able to get on the board thanks to Starlin Castro's hit and a wild throw to home plate from short stop Addison Russell.

Victory completed a 3-0 sweep for the Yankees, leaving Hicks to reflect on a draining affair that finished around 1am local time.

""I'm excited. Exhausted, but excited that we put our team on top," Hicks said.

"They're a great team. We're a good team, too. To come in and beat them is a plus for us."

Cubs manager Joe Maddon added: "To come back and get those [runs] against Aroldis, bully for us.

"That was some really great at-bats right there culminating in a hit by pitch. That's not easy to do, to get three runs against that fella under these circumstances."