BRONX, N.Y. — Pitching, and defense wins championships. The New York Yankees had it all going with their starters tying a record from 1932 and establishing a new franchise mark as well. They also turned their first triple play since 2014, plenty of double plays too, Miguel Andujar, Brett Gardner, and DJ LeMahieu making web gems, Aaron Judge throwing out runners. Plus, there was some 2009 flavor with the walk-off wins too.
Oh, and they finally sealed the deal and finished off the three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox. Yes, the American League Central is a disaster but the ChiSox did enter the series with the best ledger in the AL. So, it was a nice statement series for the pinstripes. It also extended the Yankee winning streak to six straight.
This contest had a little bit of everything for everyone in the 2-1 Yankee victory. Carlos Rodón (13 Ks) and Jordan Montgomery (11 Ks) were dealing on the bump. Montgomery even picked up his defense in the seventh inning after an Andujar error in left, whiffing Yasmani Grandal to cap off his impressive night against a lineup that came in crushing lefties.
The Bronx Bombers were relieved as Michael Kopech tried to relieve Rodón in the home half of the seventh stanza and Gleyber Torres capitalized. The Yankee shortstop porched a 3-1 fastball for a 1-0 edge.
Conversely, the White Sox took advantage of Jonathan Loaisiga entering in the eighth inning. Loaisiga walked Adam Eaton and uncorked a wild pitch to move Eaton to second base. A Tim Anderson ground out advanced Eaton to third base. A nice piece of hitting by Nick Madrigal lofted an equalizer single to right. Yet, Madrigal would be erased for the second out on a beautiful deke by Judge and throw to Torres for the second out. A Jose Abreu ground out to Torres ended the inning tied at one.
Torres collected his third hit on the afternoon in the seventh inning and was plated on an RBI double by Andujar to left-center off Jose Ruiz.
Toeing the slab in the Boogie down Bronx, Cole bounced back from his Texas outing with seven scoreless frames, scattering four hits and walking three. Cole fanned seven, including striking out the side in the seventh, topping out with a 101 mph fastball to sit down Vaughn and the White Sox.
Once again the Yankees received solid starting pitching as Jameson Taillon tossed five scoreless frames. It was nice to see Taillon reach back for the 96 mph heat as well. As mentioned up top, the Yankees also got some splendid defensive gems from Andujar, Gardner, and LeMahieu. A walk-off walk proved as good as a hit, as the Yankees won 5-4.
Plus, Aroldis Chapman yielded his first earned run and blown save of the young season, allowing a solo homer to right-center off Vaughn in the ninth inning for the equalizer.
Yet, the Yankees had an answer in the home half. Clint Frazier, he of the three-hit afternoon, singled to center off Aaron Bummer. After Frazier stole second and Gardner struck out, Bummer intentionally walked LeMahieu. Wade then utilized his speed with an infield hit to the right side to load the bases. Finally, Judge, facing Liam Hendriks, coaxed a RBI walk for the walk-off winner.