BRONX, NY – After suffering a loss in the series opener at the hands of a power display by the Yankees dangerous lineup, the White Sox sent Miguel Gonzalez to the mound to get them back above .500 and even the three game series with the Bronx Bombers on Tuesday evening.
The two starters would quietly cruise through the middle innings outside of the Leury Garcia solo shot in the third, taking a 1-0 Sox lead into the top of the seventh inning. Avisail Garcia gave the White Sox some cushion in the seventh when he took Severino deep for a three-run blast, his third home run of the season, driving in Tim Anderson and Melky Cabrera for RBIs number 11, 12, and 13 on the season.
Miguel Gonzalez, who entered the ballgame 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA, was marvelous against a Yankees squad that entered the contest winners of eight consecutive. Gonzalez shutout the Yankees for eight innings, in a ballgame that wrapped up in roughly two and a half hours, a performance reminiscent of Mark Buehrle.
In the bottom of the ninth inning White Sox Manager Rick Renteria lifted Gonzalez after 8.1 innings of shutout ball in favor of David Robertson, with two Yankees on the base-paths after a single, a walk, and a throwing error by Tim Anderson.
One of the runners that Robertson inherited from Gonzalez would come around to score before Robertson nailed the door shut to secure the White Sox victory, by a final score of 4-1.
Avisail Garcia: 1-3, HR, 3 RBI
Leury Garcia: 1-3, HR, RBI
Miguel Gonzalez: 8.1 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 4 K, 1 BB (W)
Luis Severino: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 9 K, 0 BB (L)
Miguel Gonzalez was absolutely lights out tonight, in likely his best start since coming to the White Sox in April of last season. The veteran right-hander stymied a lineup that entered the game red-hot, winners of eight consecutive, and winners against the White Sox last night in the first game of the series.
Avisail Garcia hit his third home run of the season, and now has 13 RBI to lead the ball club in that category.
Outside of the Avisail Garcia, and Leury Garcia pair of home runs, the rest of the White Sox lineup could only muster up one base-hit on the evening, courtesy of shortstop Tim Anderson in the seventh inning, continuing a concerning trend of players not named “Garcia” being able to hit this season despite their surprising success thus far.
The Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees will conclude their three game series on Wednesday evening at Yankee Stadium, the final game of a nine-game road trip for the White Sox who will send rookie Dylan Covey (0-0, 1.69 ERA) out to the mound to make his second start of the season, while the Yankees will go with their ace Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 8.36 ERA) in the rubber match.
First Pitch: 6:05 pm (CT)