BRONX, NY – The White Sox and the Yankees opened their three game series in the Bronx on Monday night, and the White Sox stumbled out of the gates after winning their previous two series’ on the current nine game road trip.
In the bottom of the third inning the Yankees broke a scoreless tie when Matt Holiday took Derek Holland deep for a three-run homer to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead in the third. The Yankees would add two more runs in that third inning on a Chase Headley RBI double, and an Aaron Judge RBI single, stretching the New York lead to 5-0.
Aaron Judge would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on the strength of a two-run home run, putting the Yankees in front by a score of 7-0 after five innings. Derek Holland would only last 4.2 innings and allow seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits, while striking out four and walking one.
Yolmer Sanchez launched a three-run bomb into the seats in the top half of the seventh inning, getting the White Sox on the board after rookie Jordan Montgomery tossed six scoreless innings to start the game. Montgomery would end his night in line for a win, with a line of 6.0 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 4 K, 2 BB.
The Yankees nearly untouchable bullpen would hold the Sox to just one more run through the final three innings, courtesy of 2.1 near-perfect innings by Adam Warren, and Aroldis Chapman slamming the door on any comeback thoughts with a quick 6-4-3 double play to end the game. The Yankees won their eighth consecutive game of the season after starting 1-4 by a score of 7-4, and the White Sox fell back to .500, at 6-6.
Yolmer Sanchez: 3-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Aaron Judge: 2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
Starlin Castro: 3-4, 2 R
Yolmer Sanchez looked good on the evening, racking up three hits and driving in three in his best performance of the young season thus far. Anthony Swarzak also had another strong performance on Monday evening, tossing 2.1 innings of hit-less baseball while striking out three Yankees.
Shaky defense helped set up a bad third inning that saw the Yankees plate five of their seven runs on the evening, and putting the White Sox in a big hole right out of the gate. Derek Holland looked like Derek Holland, getting hit hard for the majority of the ballgame by a very good Yankees offense.
The White Sox will be looking to rebound after a rocky start to their three game set with the Bronx Bombers in the opener on Monday night, on Tuesday evening when they send Miguel Gonzalez to the mound (1-0, 4.22 ERA) to oppose Luis Severino (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
First Pitch: 6:05 pm (CT)
TV: CSN-Chicago, MLB Network