The Yankees dropped Game 1 of their doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon, 6-5.
Here are the takeaways…
– Despite some traffic on the base paths in the first round for both Luis Severino And Lance Lynnneither team was able to break through – that is, not until the second set.
– Chicago drew first blood with a two-point shot from Jacques Burgerhis 13th homer of the season in just 136 at-bats, but New York responded in the bottom half of the inning with a two-out rally started by the bottom third of the roster.
– Make his first start of the season with the team he started his major league career with in 2018 (although only two games), Billy McKinney shot a triple on the second pitch he saw to pitch the Yankees. Kyle Higashioka followed with an RBI brace and came to score on Willie CalhounRBI’s single that tied the game.
– Severino could not hold it, because Luis Robert Jr. started the third inning with a home run to center field right away. Two batters later Yoan Moncada also ran to give the Sox a 4-2 lead. The Moncada circuit was the sixth allowed by Severino in his last 6.1 runs at that time.
The right-hander finished his outing going five innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits, two walks and striking out six.
– In the fourth inning, Calhoun was successful again, this time with a two-run homer off Lynn that tied the game at 4. The Yankees then took their first lead of the game in the fifth after Oswaldo Cabrera Single Jake Bauer which doubled earlier in the frame.
– By a run and Michael King entering the game in the seventh inning, New York’s 5-4 lead turned into a 6-5 deficit with just three pitches in the inning. Robert Jr. started with a brace down the left field line before Eloy Jimenez swung on the first pitch and hit a home run to the bullpen in right center field. King retired six straight after that, but the damage was already done.
— After Cabrera’s single in the fifth, the Yanks didn’t have a single base runner until the bottom of the ninth when they pinch hit Josh Donaldson walked to start the inning. Isiah Kiner-Falefawho came on defense at seventh, followed with a hit that was canceled at second base to put the runners on first and second with no one out.
Gleyber Torres went out for the first out of the front inning Anthony Rizo rooted in a double game that ended the match. The final play of the game was contested by the Yankees after he appeared Tim AndersonThe foot of may have been out of second base, but the call stood and New York lost Game 1 to Chicago, 6-5.
– Yankees 2-3-4 hitters in Torres, Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 12 with two walks.
The Yankees and White Sox will play Game 2 of Thursday’s doubleheader 30 minutes after the last out of Game 1.
HPR Randy Vasquez (0-1, 3.86 ERA) makes his second career start for the Yanks, opposed by the Chicago RHP Mike Clevinger (3-3, 4.13 MPM).