Luis Severino and the Yankees didn’t make a whole lot of mistakes tonight.
However, they made more mistakes than Miguel Gonzalez and the White Sox did. Moreover, the White Sox found ways to capitalize.
The White Sox snapped the Yankees’ eight-game winning streak, scoring four runs on just three hits and a New York error that brought back memories.
Gonzalez only had a 1-0 lead to work with through the first two-thirds of the game, but he showed no signs of sweating.. Leury Garcia provided the game’s first run in the third by turning on a 1-0 fastball and cranking it over the wall in right center, but Severino made offense difficult to come by afterward.
The Sox finally built a threat in the seventh with help from Yankees shortstop Pete Kozma. Tim Anderson stroked a single to center to start the inning, but Melky Cabrera followed with a tailor-made grounder to short. Just at the moment one might’ve started to write “6-4-3” in the scorebook, the ball squirted through Kozma’s legs. Both runners were safe after Kozma Graffaninoed the ball.
Now they just needed a Tadahito Iguchi. It wasn’t Jose Abreu, because he squared around for some reason, and the bunt attempt worked out as well as expected. Fortunately, he popped out to Austin Romine, rather than bumbling into a double or triple play.
Thankfully, Avisail Garcia is still the man for the task. He got ahead 2-0, and when Severino tried to sneak a get-me-over slider past him, Garcia pounced and crushed it out to left for a three-run homer and a 4-0 lead.
From there, the question was whether Gonzalez could post the shutout, or maybe even a Maddux. He only allowed three hits through the first eight innings, and they were all leadoff infield singles in the fifth, sixth and seventh inning. He erased the first and last with double plays, and the middle didn’t get past first base, as he induced a couple weak flyouts to right before fanning Brett Gardner. The quality of contact reminded me of a collegiate wooden bat league.
He rolled into the ninth with just 78 pitches, but a fourth and final infield single turned into a runner into scoring position whenAnderson’s jump throw bounced past Matt Davidson. Gonzalez recovered with a flyout to right, but then he walked Brett Gardner on four pitches to bring Don Cooper to the mound.
Cooper ended up making the pitching change, which came as a surprise until remembering pregame tweets about Rick Renteria’s bad knee. David Robertson relieved him and picked an iffy time for his first mortal outing. He walked Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases for Matt Holliday, whom he struck out. Then he walked Starlin Castro on five pitches to force home a run and bring a legitimate grand slam threat in the form of Aaron Judge.
Judge went quietly, though, grounding into a 6-4 forceout to end it. Robertson ended up picking up his fourth save, even if it’s one he might be sheepish about.
Gonzalez didn’t get the shutout, but he turned in the best start by a White Sox pitcher on the season regardless. Severino had the more overpowering arsenal, reaching back and hitting 98 even in the eighth inning, but Gonzalez won the game score battle.
- Gonzalez: 81⁄3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 81 GScr
- Severino: 8 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 2 HR, 68 GScr