BRONX, NY – The Chicago White Sox (7-6) and the New York Yankees (9-5) met for the third and final time in the rubber-match of this current series under the lights at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York City. The Game time temperature was a brisk 46 degrees, and the White Sox sent the rookie Dylan Covey (0-0, 1.69) to the hill to oppose Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 8.36) as they attempted to take their third consecutive series victory on Wednesday evening.
After tossing 5.1 innings of one-run ball in his major-league debut in Minnesota last Friday, Covey got into some early trouble in his second start of the season on Wednesday evening. After falling behind 3-0 to the lead-off hitter Brett Gardner, Covey served up a hard-hit lead-off double to the veteran outfielder Gardner. Gardner advanced to third base on the play due to an error by center-fielder Leury Garcia.
The very next at-bat, Yankees third-baseman Chase Headley crushed a two-run home run over the right-center field fence, giving the Yankees an early 2-0 lead over the White Sox.
The White Sox looked like they were going to have a solid chance at getting one or two of those runs back in the top of the second when Jose Abreu opened the frame with a single down the third base line, followed by a walk by Avisail Garcia, who seems to be seeing the ball like a beach ball at this point, setting up a two-on nobody out situation for the good guys.
However, Cody Asche hit into a fielders-choice double play, that can be summed up as nothing other than bad luck for the White Sox, as the Yankees’ shortstop Ronald Torreyes let a soft liner drop just in front of his glove, leaving Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia hung out to dry due to the thought that Torreyes would have caught the liner. Garcia was forced out at second, and Abreu was tagged out at third, leaving Asche at first base with two outs and effectively killing the potential scoring opportunity.
More trouble was to come in the second inning for Covey, after an Aaron Judge lead-off single followed by a Greg Bird double, Austin Romine slapped an RBI-single into center field to extend the Yankees lead to 3-0. With Romine at first and Bird at third, Ronald Torreyes grounded into a 6-4 fielders-choice, scoring Bird and recording his 11th RBI of the season, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Covey would limit the damage to just that as he induced a line-drive to the right side that was snared by Jose Abreu, who promptly doubled off Torreyes at first base to end the inning.
The White Sox would chip away at the lead in the top of the fourth inning after Tim Anderson led off the frame with a double off of the left field wall, and quickly was plated by Jose Abreu on Abreu’s third double of the season, making it 4-1 New York. After Avisail Garcia drew his second walk in as many at-bats, Cody Asche struck out, and Yolmer Sanchez grounded out weakly to Tanaka to end the inning and leave a pair stranded.
The wheels would come off of the Dylan Covey bus in the home half of the fifth inning when Starlin Castro launched a three-run homer into the left field seats, scoring Jacoby Ellsbury and Matt Holliday to give the Yankees a 7-1 lead. The very next at-bat Aaron Judge hit a towering 448-foot blast into the left field seats to stretch the Yankees lead to 8-1 after five innings. The Judge solo blast left his bat at 116 miles per hour according to StatCast.
In the top of the sixth inning, the White Sox would again have a pair of base-runners on base with a chance to chip away at the Yankees lead, and once again, Cody Asche lofted a soft fly ball into left field to end the inning, and strand a pair of White Sox runners on the base-paths.
The Yankees would add one more run on their fourth home run of the evening, this one by Aaron Hicks in the bottom of the eighth inning against White Sox reliever Michael Ynoa, making it a 9-1 Yankees lead.
The New York bullpen would make quick work of the White Sox in the ninth inning to secure a 9-1 victory and a series win on Wednesday evening. The White Sox wrap up their first road trip of the season at 5-4, and will head back to Chicago at 7-7 after taking two of the three series’ on the current trip, results that we would have gladly taken before the trip began.
Jose Abreu: 3-4, 2B, RBI
Chase Headley: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI
Aaron Judge: 2-3, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB
Masahiro Tanaka: 7.0 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 6 K, 2 BB (W)
On an evening where the starting pitcher was shelled and the lineup was again quiet for the most part, Jose Abreu turned in a three hit performance that included an RBI-double, likely his most impressive game of the season.
After an impressive major-league debut last weekend, Dylan Covey was shelled by the Bronx Bombers on Wednesday evening, surrendering eight runs on 10 hits, including three home runs in five innings of work.
Cody Asche was in the lineup again tonight, and again tonight he was downright awful, and was responsible for four stranded base-runners on the night, and saw another pair doubled off on a soft infield liner off of his bat in the first inning. Basically, Asche stepped to the plate in the first, fourth, and sixth innings with two base-runners on base, and suffocated all three potential scoring opportunities with weak contact and a swinging strikeout.
After a day off on Thursday the White Sox will host the Cleveland Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday evening, the first game of a three game series with the Tribe, as well as a stretch of 25 games that will feature 22 meetings with American League Central opponents.
Jose Quintana (0-3, 6.75) and Corey Kluber (1-1, 6.38 ERA) will be the starting pitchers in game one of that series, in a match-up of staff aces with ERA’s over six, with both looking to get into the swing of things on this early season.
First Pitch: 7:10 pm (CT) (Friday)
TV: CSN-Chicago/CSN-Chicago+ – *Check your local listings*