It took just 2 hours and 16 minutes to end the Yankees’ winning streak tonight. Not that it was all that clear. Both starters actually threw really great games, so it was a bit of a pitchers’ duel for 8 solid innings.
The Yankees were behind Luis Severino in the middle game of the series against the visiting White Sox. Severino threw 107 pitches through 8 innings, giving up just 3 hits, no walks, and 4 runs (only 3 earned), and struck out a ridiculously impressive 10 Chicago batters. The White Sox eked onto the board with a 2-out solo shot in the 3rd.
Then in the 7th, it was due to a bit of sloppy fielding. After a lead-off single, the next batter hit into what should’ve been a double play ball but instead got booted away by an infielder so that both runners were safe. After a bad bunt pop out, the next batter hit a big 3-run home run to give the White Sox a very nice lead over the Yankees.
It should be noted that Luis Severino is the youngest Yankee starter ever with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks in a single game, and he’s the youngest Yankees with consecutive 10+ strikeouts games since 1963.
Jonathan Holder sailed through the 9th inning with just 12 pitches, turning the game over to the Yankees’ offense with hopes for the sleeping giant to awake. It did, but it wasn’t exactly a “giant”. Headley led-off with a single and ended up at 2nd on a throwing error, and then Gardner worked a 1-out walk. That kicked the White Sox starter out of the game after an impressive outing from him really.
So, the Yankees faced a former teammate who’s made quite the name for himself on the South Side. Though not based on tonight’s performance. He promptly walked Ellsbury to load up the bases and electrify the Bronx with hope as the tying run possibility #1 (Holliday) stepped into the batter’s box… and struck out. So it was on to possibility #2 — Starlin Castro — who worked a walk to get the Yankees on the board by scoring Headley. Now, with 2 outs and the bases still loaded, up came possibility #3 (Judge), but a short grounder to get the out at 2nd ended the rally and the game.
Final score: 4-1 White Sox (bummer)
Best play of the game: easy — Greg Bird. So a Chicago batter hits a grounder to 3rd, and Torreyes (in for Headley for most of the game) rushes the ball and fires it across to a waiting Bird at 1st. However, it’s a bit high and off-course, but that doesn’t deter a defender like Bird, who jumps to snag it out of the air and tag the runner as he passes by him on the elbow just before hitting 1st base. Originally called safe, the replay proved just how snazzy Bird can be as a defender.
The Yankees announced that James Kaprielian had his surgery today, and all went as planned. He’ll have the usual long road of recovery ahead of him (about 14 months), but most players recover well and even exceed former performance stats. So we’re wishing him a good healing journey and can’t wait to see him back on the mound before long.
And Didi Gregorius will be making his first rehab start with Single-A Tampa on Friday in Lakeland (the Tigers’ farm team). After his shoulder injury (during the WBC), Gregorius has been treated and working his way back to regular baseball activities, progressively working his way back to join the guys in the Bronx. No certain timeline is set for his Yankee debut this season, but a rehab stint is a good sign.