Series Recap

Series Recap: For Yankees it’s sweep home Chicago

Shuffling to the Southside of Chicago, the New York Yankees found some pep in their step with a fresh pair of socks. Facing the Chicago White Sox, the Yankees got back to power pitching and power hitting and it all added up to a three-game series sweep.

GAME 1

Moving on from the Red Sox, the Yankees took their turn at the pale hose. It was the exact kind of laugher they needed, recording their ninth shutout victory of the campaign with a 7-0 win over the White Sox.

BACK IN THE LYNN COLUMN

Lance Lynn helped stabilize the Yankees, snapping their losing streak at five games. In his first start with New York, Lynn pretty much rolled through the Chicago order, retiring 19 consecutive batters at one point. On his overall ledger, Lynn tossed 7.1 frames of scoreless ball, fanning nine, yielding two hits and one walk. Sure, it was the hapless White Sox but in the same token, it’s the kind of outing one would expect and Lynn delivered.

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OFFENSE AWAKENS

Facing Dylan Covey, the New York offense finally got revved up in the fourth. Giancarlo Stanton set the table with a one-out walk. Didi Gregorius followed with a double to right. Ensuing batter Aaron Hicks got the Yankees on the board with an RBI-single to center. Gleyber Torres would follow that with an RBI-single to center of his own. It could’ve been 5-0 if Greg Bird hadn’t been robbed of a home run in center on a catch by Adam Engel.

In the fifth, Kyle Higashioka scored on a wild pitch and Gregorius plated Brett Gardner on a liner to left.

Capping off the offense in the eighth, Torres took Thyago Vieira yard to left and Neil Walker slugged a two-run tater to straightaway center, as the Bronx Bombers added the touchdown and extra point for good measure.

GAME 2

From a slow go to a seesaw affair, the Yankees received contributions from up and down the roster in their 4-3 victory over the White Sox in 13 innings.

CHI-TOWN CC

CC Sabathia was dealing on the bump with a nice bounce-back start. Sabathia was so nice he even recorded “five outs” in the fifth, escaping a jam despite a ball four call on what would’ve been a strike ’em out, throw ’em out, double play. On his ledger, Sabathia whiffed 12, walked three, allowed four hits and one run in 5.2 frames.

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Sabathia’s one glitch came during the third. Issuing a leadoff walk to Omar Navarez, a one-out double by Aviasil¬†Garcia made it second and third. Jose Abreu’s sacrifice fly to left gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead.

MIGGY MONSTER OF THE MIDWAY

After the New York offense scuffled in the early going, Miguel Andujar came through with another huge timely hit. Facing Reynaldo Lopez during the seventh inning, Andujar clocked a game-tying solo home run to left. The home run marked No. 15 on the campaign for Andujar.

STANTON’S SOUTHSIDE SHUFFLE

In the tenth, the Bronx Bombers broke out the big lumber against Tyler Danish. Brett Gardner reached on a walk against Jace Fry. With two down, Giancarlo Stanton slugged a two-run tater to right-center, providing the Yankees a 3-1 advantage. Stanton’s home run was No. 26 on the season and looked like it would carry the Yankees to victory.

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NOT SO GREAT BRITTON

With Aroldis Chapman apparently unavailable, skipper Aaron Boone called on Zach Britton for the save. Yet, Britton was off his game from the jump. Britton hit Navarez to start the inning and followed that with a wild pitch. After rallying to record two outs, Britton uncorked another wild pitch. After that, Abreu stunned everyone with a two-run, game-tying bomb to straightaway center.

JUST ANDU IT

Moving to the 13th, Andujar came up big again. Facing Luis Avilan, Didi Gregorius walked and Luke Voit, entering the game late for Bird, singled with two outs. Andujar followed with an RBI-single to left, putting the Yankees up 4-3.

SOUTHSIDE SONNY SIDE UP

Entering the game in the eleventh, Sonny Gray game up huge in his first appearance out of the New York bullpen. Gray fanned four, walked one and gave up one hit in his three scoreless frames to pick up the victory. Gray was pumped after recording the final out on a strikeout of Nicky Delmonico, so perhaps all is not lost with the Yankees pitching enigma.

GAME 3

Despite an early deficit, the Yankees didn’t take long to respond in kind and walked all over the White Sox in a 7-3 victory.

SEVY SOLID

Aside from a shaky first frame and a Tim Anderson home run in the fifth, Luis Severino settled in and looked sharp the rest of the way. In that first inning, an RBI-double by Abreu and an RBI-single by Daniel Palka accounted for the Chicago offense. Otherwise, Severino’s ledger included eight K’s with seven hits and zero walks allowed in seven innings. Victory No. 15 marked a career season-high for the New York ace.

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SLAMMIN’ STANTON

As mentioned, it didn’t take long for the Bronx Bombers to strike back in the second stanza. Facing Lucas Giolito, Torres set the table with a walk. With one down, Walker singled to left and Romine and Shane Robinson followed with a pair of RBI-singles to tie the game.

After Gardner was hit by a pitch, Stanton drove a grand slam to right, giving the Yankees a 6-2 lead.

HICKS TO THE STICKS

For good measure in the fifth, Hicks homered with a solo shot to right-center, capping off the New York scoring.

ON DECK

At 71-42, the Yankees return to Yankee Stadium and will face the Texas Rangers in a four-game series starting Thursday.

Pitching probables, Ariel Jurado vs. J.A. Happ, Mike Minor vs. Masahiro Tanaka, Drew Hutchison vs. Lance Lynn, Martin Perez vs. CC Sabathia.

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