Just what the doctor ordered! The Yankees just feasted on the horrendous Chicago White Sox and beat the shit out of them 7-0. A total 180 from the atrocious weekend of baseball we just witnessed. Granted the White Sox are a team that are now 30 games below .500 after tonight but that’s besides the point. The Yankees got a great start out of Lance Lynn, the bats woke up and we finally remembered how to hit with runners in scoring position. Definitely a step in the right direction, that’s for sure.
Main story out of this game, Lance Lynn. With his first official start as a Yankee he basically assured us that Sonny Gray will never sniff another start for the rest of the year. Lynn picked up where he left off during his relief appearance last week against the Orioles. Lynn pitched a solid 7.1 innings of scoreless baseball. This gave the bullpen a much-needed rest after Boston smacked us around all weekend. Lynn struck out 9 tonight, walked one and only allowed two hits. He really had his stuff going tonight. With two appearances as a Yankee he has registered 11.2 innings of scoreless baseball, definitely a pleasant surprise. Could he be the biggest addition we acquired at the deadline? Seems that way.
As for the bats, they seemed to show the same struggles they faced in the Boston series. In the third inning we only faced 6 pitches giving Chicago a very quick 1-2-3 inning. But no panic was necessary as we struck first blood in the fourth inning. The inning started off with Gardner grounding out to second, one away. Stanton worked a walk and from that moment the Yankees didn’t look back. Didi Gregorius would bat next and proceed to crank a fastball to deep right, the ball hit the bottom of the wall resulting in a double and moving Stanton to third. Aaron Hicks stepped up the plate next and without hesitation swung at the first pitch, a slider left in the middle of the plate, that dropped into center for a single, scoring Stanton, 1-0 Yankees. Torres would continue the hit parade by connecting with an 0-2 fastball down the middle, dumping it into center for a single that scored Gregorius, 2-0 Yankees. Unfortunately, the Yankees couldn’t score more. Bird got absolute robbed of a three run homerun by Adam Engel. Great catch just hate that it happened against my team. After Bird was robbed at gunpoint basically, Andujar would strikeout swinging to end the inning and the threat of the Yankees blowing this game out of reach early.
But with Lynn dominating on the mound, the Yankees would score more the very next inning. After a one out single by Higashioka, Gardner would also come through with a base hit allowing Higashioka to move to third. Stanton would come up with runners on the corner and one out. After working the count to 2-1, Dylan Covey, the starter for the White Sox tonight, would throw a slider that got away from him in the dirt. The ball would get passed the catcher and roll to the backstop allowing Higashioka to score on the wild pitch and its now a 3-0 game. Stanton would fly out on the next pitch for the second out. Didi would come through again with a bloop single into left that scored Gardner from second, making it 4-0 Yankees. Didi has been the hottest hitter for the Yankees the last week and it’s definitely nice seeing someone step up with the absence of Judge and Sanchez.
The Yankees weren’t done scoring yet. They capped off the offense in the eighth inning with a solo shot by Gleyber Torres, his 18th of the season. 5-0 Yankees. Playing a team like the White Sox will definitely help get Torres out of the rut he’s been in so this series couldn’t have come at a better time. After Andujar worked a two out walk, Neil Walker came up to bat. And on the very first pitch of the at bat he took a 96 mph fastball and shit on it. He crushed it 429 feet to center and there was zero doubt about it leaving the stadium. 7-0 Yankees.
AJ Cole would come in and finish off the White Sox and put them out of their misery to close out this game. But an even better story is that we had a position player pitch for Chicago tonight, It’s always one of the most amazing things we get to witness in a baseball game. Jose Reyes was throwing meatballs last week for the Mets, so let’s see how Matt Davidson would fair for the White Sox. Surprisingly enough he wasn’t half bad. He was able to strike out Giancarlo Stanton, which might not be a very big accomplishment because it seems like everyone strikes out Stanton this year. But it was fun to watch and he definitely had some stuff on the mound. Maybe he found his true calling?