Yesterday might have been celebrated with fireworks and sparklers, but tonight’s game was full of rocket balls flying all over this Windy City field. After a hot and humid day, the weather experts predicted that a light breeze blowing in from Lake Michigan would drastically affect run-producing hits. Guess that was wrong. The Yankees’ second night in the Second City proved to be first-rate for the Bronx Bombers as they took advantage of every opportunity to best this Chicago team.
The White Sox southpaw starter struggled while Yankees Masahiro Tanaka had a strong showing with a confident command of the mound that quickly shut down the Chicago bats. Tonight certainly was “Tanaka Time” as he threw 103 pitches, giving up only 6 hits and no runs through just shy of 8 innings.
From the first inning, the Yankees were here to win. Carlos Beltran started the Yankees’ power-hitting tonight with a line drive to left, Rodriguez doubled on a low fast ball to center, Teixeira reached base on a fielder’s choice as Beltran was called out at home. A strong offense, yet they were left stranded. Then Tanaka came on strong to face the White Sox and quickly dismissed them.
The second inning saw the Yankee bats stay alive with some tangible results. Refsnyder, Gardner (who would go 4-for-6 tonight), and Beltran all singled and Alex Rodriguez reached first on a fielding error. All of that allowed Refsnyder and Gardner to score and get the Yankees on the board.
In the third inning Castro singled and Chase Headley homered him in (Headley’s second 2-run homer in this series). Tanaka continued to do what he does best, and Chicago remained scoreless. Beltran doubled in the fourth, so that Teixeira’s double scored him rather easily. In the bottom of the fourth, Tanaka’s dominance continued, added in with an amazing back handed scoop by Refsnyder to Teixeira ended the inning. In the fifth, a 2-out home run by Austin Romine (his third of the season) added to the Yankees’ lead.
Finally, in the top of the sixth, Chicago made a pitching change that kept the Yankees from scoring. Chicago pulled in a new reliever to pitch at the top of the eighth, but the Yankees continued to dominate offensively too. With 2 outs, Headley singled, moved to 2nd on a wild pitch, and then scored on Rob Refsnyder’s double. Refsnyder then scored himself on Aaron Hicks’ double.
Now sitting at 103 pitches, Tanaka turned over the mound to Chasen Shreve who completed the eighth inning for the starter. Recently returned from injury, Chasen Shreve successfully closed out the game for the Yankees with three up and three down in the ninth as well. A pretty good comeback for the young reliever.
And in the ninth, Gardner led off with a double, moving to third when Torreyes reached on an weird interference error. Gardner later scored on Mark Teixeira’s sacrifice fly to cap off the Yankees’ amazing night of power. The Yankees total of 20 hits tonight broke their season record, easily handing them a nice win tonight, and their pitching just dominated and kept the White Sox stalled and scoreless.
Final score: 9-0, Yankees
All Star Game Roster News: Congratulations to Carlos Beltran, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Miller for being chosen to represent the Yankees for the 2016 All Star Game on July 12 in San Diego’s Petco Park. The final voting begins for the final 4 spots (no Yankees are up for this honor, but you might find a few familiar faces). Check it out.
Trade winds blowing: The trade deadline is looming (July 31), and rumors are still flying. Apparently Miller has been told he will not be traded, and Beltran continues to emphasize he wants to stay with the team. Cashman is giving nothing away as to management’s plans for other players as of yet, but the Yankees are showing interest in a particularly good Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher. Stay tuned!
Scranton Shuttle: Luis Cessa was sent down to Scranton Wilkes-Barre, and right hander Chasen Shreve was called up. Shreve’s shoulder sprain in May seems a thing of the past after tonight’s great pitching outing.