Saturday, August 1, 2015
Yanks Pound White Sox
For the 2nd time in a week, the Yankees put up enough runs to make fans say, "Hey, come on, save some of those for when the Red Sox come in!
They started a 3-game series away to the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. An RBI double by Carlos Beltran gave us a 1st inning lead, then came 5 runs in the 2nd: Leadoff singles by John Ryan Murphy and Brendan Ryan, a sacrifice bunt by Didi Gregorius, a Jacoby Ellsbury lineout, a Chris Young walk to load the bases, an Alex Rodriguez single, and a home run by Marx Teixeira.
Nathan Eovaldi gave up a home run in the 3rd to make it 6-2, but the Yankees struck again with 5 runs in the 4th: A double by Young, 2 wild pitches by Carlos Rodon bringing him around to score, A-Rod taking advantage of his continued wildness to draw a walk, then another homer by Teixeira.
It was his 28th "Teix Message" of the season, and his 2nd straight game with 2 homers. It gave him 391 home runs for his career -- passing a pair of 1970s icons, Johnny Bench and Graig Nettles, on the all-time list -- and it was the 14th time he had switch-hit home runs in the same game, breaking the record of Eddie Murray. (He surpassed Mickey Mantle at 10.)
Beltran and Chase Headley then singled, Murphy drew a walk, Ryan singled home Beltran, and a Gregorius sac fly got Headley home.
Headley added an RBI single in the 5th, making it 12-2. The ChiSox got one back, then Ellsbury singled home a run in the 6th, making it 13-3.
Eovaldi pitched into the 6th, having been a little shaky. Adam Warren finished the inning, and pitched the 7th and the 8th, allowing 2 more runs. Nick Goody pitched the 9th, and allowed another -- 2 appearances, 2 shaky efforts.
But the Yankees scored enough runs to put it away early. Yankees 13, White Sox 6. WP: Eovaldi (11-2). No save. LP: Rodon (4-4).
The series continues tonight. Bryan Mitchell makes his 1st big-league start of the season, while John Danks goes for the Pale Hose.