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Yankees 9, White Sox 0: Carlos Rodon bombed

Bombers collect 20 hits in rout, setting up rubber match

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A bullet-point recap since I followed from audio to Gameday to TV, with parts revisited in between:

*Carlos Rodon closed out his first half with a dud. He gave up six runs (five earned) on 12 hits (two homers) and two walks over five innings. According to the radio broadcast, the Yankees were able to eliminate his breaking ball and went to town on his fastball.

*The game may have taken a turn for the better if not for a couple of unfortunate events in the second. First, a second Yankees run scored because Tim Anderson committed his first error on an Alex Rodriguez grounder. At least Anderson made it memorable, as the ball ramped up his body to a ridiculous height.

The Sox had a chance to narrow the lead in the bottom of the inning when Alex Avila doubled Brett Lawrie to third with one out. Then Avisail Garcia struck out on four pitches, only one of which was (arguably) in the zone, and J.B. Shuck flied out to end the threat.

*Then again, Rodon had nothing, while Masahiro Tanaka didn't allow another hit until the sixth inning. He actually gave up back-to-back singles to Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera, the latter of which ran into Mark Teixeira on Todd Frazier's grounder to assist the Yankees first baseman in a 3-unassisted double play.

*Along those lines, Michael Ynoa was charged with interference when he allowed Jose Abreu to handle Ronald Torreyes' chopper to first, but didn't get out of the way enough to avoid an easy drawn interference call.

*The Yankees outhit the White Sox 20-6, so this score should've been worse. Lawrie saved one run by knocking down a line drive and recovering in time to cut down Carlos Beltran in the first, and Adam Eaton gunned down Teixeira for his 12th assist and a 9-2 double play in the sixth.

*At least Nate Jones, David Robertson and Zach Duke got the day off. If they're going to lose, convincing losses almost help more right now.

*What doesn't help: Avila leaving with a hamstring injury. He'll need to go on the DL yet again.

Record: 43-41 | Box score | Highlights