I said before I left for the weekend that the Yanks taking 3 of 4 against the White Sox would be great, and lo and behold that's exactly what they went out and did. Â They locked up the final win of the series with another strong team pitching performance and some late offensive insurance.
In typical 2015 Yankee fashion, they came out and scored quickly in the top of the 1st. Â Jacoby Ellsbury leadoff walk, Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran reaching on back-to-backÂ Jose Abreu errors, Brian McCann sac fly. Â I don't even know if that counts as manufacturing runs because of the 2 errors, but I'll take it. Â Of course, in keeping with the "typical 2015 Yankee fashion" theme, they failed to add any more runs in that inning and went dormant through the next 4 innings despite creating plenty of opportunities against Chicago starter Erik Johnson.
The 1 early run stood up thanks to Luis Severino and some spectacular double play timing. Â Severino wasn't his usual dominant self yesterday, at least not compared to what we've seen from him when he is, but he got the job done. Â He had at least 1 runner on in every inning except the 3rd, but he got key double plays to end the 1st (6-3), 2nd (strike 'em/thrown 'em), and 6th (6-3). Â Severino himself even got into the act as part of a 3-6-1 double play to record 2 quick outs in the 5th, making a nice scoop on Didi Gregorius' throw. Â He was hittable (only 5 swinging strikes), but stayed in control and got timely outs. Â Another nice start by the 21-year-old.
Despite a high pitch count to open the bottom of the 6th, Robin Ventura stuck with Johnson. Â That decision proved to be his team's undoing. Â Dustin Ackley started off the inning with a solo home run, Slade Heathcott and Brendan Ryan both singled with 1 out, and Johnson walked Gardner with 2 outs to load the bases. Â Still he remained in the game. Â Johnson threw a wild pitch to Beltran in the next at-bat and Heathcott scampered home. Â Thanks, Robin.
The Yanks continued to tack on with a run in the 7th on a Greg Bird double, Heathcott walk, A-Rod infield single, and Ellsbury single, and 2 in the 8th on a Beltran single, an error on a pickoff attempt, Bird single, Chase Headley double, and Heathcott sac fly. Â Justin Wilson ruined the shutout by serving up a solo homer to Avisail Garcia in the top of the 7th, but Dellin Betances and Bryan Mitchell had no problems closing things out with the bigger cushion. Â The magic number, she is 3.
- 13 hits, 6 walks, 2 guys reach on errors, and yet the Yankees had just 1 run going into the 6th. Â That'll happen when you go 3-19 with RISP as a team.
- 2-hit days for Ellsbury, Bird, and Heathcott. Â Bird also scored 2 runs. Â McCann was the only starter to not record a hit.
- A little more on Heathcott. Â He was involved in everything yesterday and he's looked pretty good in his small pockets of work since being recalled. Â Could he sneak his way onto the postseason roster?
- It's not every day you get to say the words "pinch hit infield single by Alex Rodriguez". Â That was fun.
- Severino since the bad start vs. the Blue Jays: 17.2 IP, 14 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 12 K. Â The strikeout numbers have been down the last 2 outings, but that may be a byproduct of Severino changing his approach. Â Without looking it up, it seems like he's made more of an effort to throw his offspeed stuff and he's recorded more outs on the ground and fewer in the air. Â The Rothschild Effect could already be in motion.
- Between Mark Teixeira and Greg Bird, the Yankees have gotten 41 HR, 108 RBI, and 75 BB from the first base position this season. Â That's primo production.