Three wins in a row and the Yankees complete the sweep of the down on their luck Chicago White Sox. The bats continued to hit, Severino seemed to turn a corner and pitched his best game in over a month, Stanton continued his hot streak at the plate. A lot of positives coming out of this series. A huge improvement from the scrubs we saw take the field up in Fenway against the BoSox.
My biggest takeaway from this game is that Severino may be back. After a rocky first inning where he allowed Chicago to jump to a 2-0 lead, he calmed down and made the lineup his bitch. He finished the game with a line of: 7 innings pitched, 7 hits (most of them came in the 1st), 3 runs and 8 strikeouts. That’s the Sevy we all know and love. The offense definitely helped him out as he cruised to earn his 15th win of the season. With Tanaka and Lynn pitching out of their minds, if this is the Severino we can have on the mound for the rest of the season then we should be able to rattle off some much-needed wins. You know with Boston being 9 games ahead of us in the division, those are kind of important.
Offensively, the White Sox tagged up Sevy early in the first. It’ll started with a one out single by Yolmer Sanchez. Jose Abreu would step up to the plate and rope a slider that was low in the zone to deep center, This would score Sanchez from first making it 1-0. And here we go.. Daniel Palka followed up the double with a RBI single on yet another slider that hung over the plate. Abreu would cross the plate making it 2-0 Sox. Luckily, Severino would weather the storm and escape the inning.
The Yankees bats would have Severino’s back in the second inning. And by having his back I mean they would absolutely shell the shit out of Lucas Giolito. It started with Gleyber Torres who walked on 4 pitches. Andujar would strikeout on a pitch that was up near his neck and it disgusted me but the future Rookie Of The Year can’t be perfect all the time. Neil Walker would single and now the Yankees have two runners on with one out. Austin Romine would put the Yankees on the board with a single that squeaked through the hole between short and third. Torres would score from second making it 2-1. Shane Robinson would continue the hit parade and smack a single past the second baseman and this would score Walker from second and tie the game up at 2. The bats are alive and well. Gardner would get hit by a pitch that got away from Giolito. Nothing major, just lost control of a curveball and hit Brett in the foot. Bases loaded for Dongcarlo Stanton and he did not disappoint. Giolito was down in the count 3-0 to Stanton early and the Yankees gave him the greenlight. He fouled off two pitches straight to make it a full count and he didn’t miss on the next pitch. Stanton crushed a fastball to right field. The ball stayed fair and dropped right next to the foul pole and Giancarlo just hit his grand slam. His sixth of his career and his third game in a row with a home run. He’s hot folks. Let’s enjoy the show.
The Yankees would tack on one more run in the contest in the fifth inning. Aaron Hicks who is having an outstanding season would lead off the inning with a solo shot. Giolito hung a curveball in the middle of the plate and Hicks got all of it. Crushing it 389 feet to right field and it’s now 7-2 Yankees. Dagger. Hicks has the potential to possibly hit 30 homers this season which is crazy. I’ll take it. The way he’s been hitting as of late makes the abscense of Judge a bit easier to cope with.
The White Sox would tack on one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tim Anderson followed Aaron Hicks lead off homer in the top of the inning with one of his own. He took a 2-2 pitch to right that cleared the wall and made the game 7-3. Sevy rebounded by striking out the next two batters, both of them swinging. Sevy’s back! Yoan Moncada would get a two out single but was later thrown out stealing second. Perfect throw by Romine, perfect tag by Torres. Result: gunned the fuck down. Thanks for playing Moncada get your ass in the dugout.
Chad Green and Jonathan Holder would both pitch scoreless innings to close out the game and guarantee a Yankees sweep. After losing five games in a row before coming to Chicago, it was definitely nice to go in and get a three game sweep and build up some confidence. This team did what they had to do and they just have to keep looking forward and winning baseball games. Yankees go back home to the Bronx to open up a four game set with the Texas Rangers, another below .500 team. J.A. Happ returns to the rotation after his hand, foot and mouth disease and will start the first game of the series. Let’s keep rolling out wins and catch Boston. It’s not over til it’s over folks.