Second City seemed to show its strength against the Big Apple tonight. To be fair, currently, the White Sox are at the top of the AL Central (5 games ahead of 2nd place Indians) and the Yankees are holding up the bottom of the AL East (8 games behind the 1st place Orioles). Plus, the White Sox sent up their ace pitcher tonight, who people are already talking about as the possible AL Cy Young nominee this year.
And he is very good. Tonight, he threw 99 pitches and a complete game against the Yankees, giving up only one run — Chase Headley’s lead-off solo shot in the 2nd inning — earning his 8th win already of the season. The White Sox have yet to lose when this guy is their starter. And I can see why. It’s just unfortunate that he has to prove how good he is against the struggling offense of the Yankees still desperately trying to battle back from a bad April.
It doesn’t help things that Luis Severino came out of the game in the middle of the 3rd inning, later diagnosed with triceps strain (more below). Severino threw a whopping 81 pitches through 2.2 innings, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, and 7 runs, striking out just 2 (and earning his 6th loss of the season). The strain must have caused much of the problems tonight with him missing the zone consistently and just not having the control one needs in these instances.
In the 2nd, a lead-off double scored on an RBI double. Then Severino loaded the bases with a walk and a single so that a well-placed long 2-out single scored 2 more runs and put runners on the corners. Fortunately, with the bases later loaded again, a lucky ground out ended the early run rally.
But in the 3rd, the White Sox down 2 outs, they came back and just pummeled into an ailing Severino — a single, a walk, a 2-run double, and a 2-run home run ended Severino’s night. Nick Goody came in to take over for the disappointed starter. Between Goody, Chasen Shreve, and Kirby Yates, the Yankees killed any possibilities of the White Sox adding more to their large early lead, waiting for the offense to kick in.
But it wouldn’t.
Final score: 7-1 White Sox
Scranton Shuttle: Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees optioned Tyler Olson back to Scranton and recalled Gary Sanchez (confirming many of last night’s rumors). Now, with Severino probably headed to the DL, it’s likely tomorrow might see more of these changes.
There have been many positive reports about the RailRiders (the AAA team) this season already, so the transition may be a little easier for those who need to be shuffled and shuttled around a bit. Though I imagine there might be some more major roster moves to make room for whatever players they think they will need in the near future.
The Yankees finish their home stand this weekend with the White Sox before heading back out on the road again, westward this time — 3 games in Arizona and 4 in Oakland. Then after a brief mid-week home series against Toronto, they’re back on the road again to Tampa, Toronto, (a brief make-up game in Detroit), and then Baltimore. This is going to be one of those years I might complain about the schedule. But I’ll wait and see how they do on the road first before lining up my complaints.
Also, a big congratulations to former Yankee and fan favorite Bernie Williams who graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in jazz guitar. On hand to watch him graduate were his mother (a former educator herself) and his 3 20-something children, including his middle child Beatriz who will graduate from college herself next week. (By the way, if you’ve never heard him play, go hear him play. It’s beautiful! He often plays at fundraisers and special concerts around New York, so keep an eye out to catch him some day.)