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Kopech’s 2nd-Inning Blip Proves Costly as White Sox Drop Finale vs. Yankees

The Yankees only recorded two hits but topped the White Sox 5-1 in Sunday’s series finale.

Michael Kopech Chicago White Sox New York Yankees
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The Chicago White Sox dropped the series finale of their four-game series with the New York Yankees by a score of 5-1 Sunday. It was the Yankees’ 18th win in 21 games. New York took three of four games over the weekend and holds the best record in the majors.

Yankees Take Advantage

White Sox starter Michael Kopech’s only blemish on the afternoon proved to be all the Yankees would need. Kopech looked sharp to start the game, retiring the first five New York hitters in order. But he opened the door for the Yankees with a walk to Joey Gallo followed by an Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

The righty completely lost his command and walked the next three Yankees. A wild pitch with Aaron Judge at the plate and the bases loaded capped off the three-run Yankee second. Kopech would retire the final 13 batters he faced. New York only managed two hits on the day — the Kiner-Falefa off of Kopech and a two-run homer by Joey Gallo in the ninth.

However, three runs were more than enough support for Yankees starter Nestor Cortes to earn the win. The lefty threw a strong eight innings, allowing one run on three hits and no walks while striking out seven. He lowered his ERA on the year to a league-leading 1.35.

White Sox Punt On Offense

Tony La Russa elected to bench switch hitters Yoan Moncada and Yasmani Grandal vs. the Yankees’ lefty. Moncada, who has been swinging a hot bat since returning from the injured list, homered twice in the series. The Sox skipper said it was nothing more than a day off and not anything health-related.

Nevertheless, White Sox hitting only managed four hits and no walks all game. Cortes retired 15 batters in order after allowing a single to Robert in the first inning. The only White Sox run came in the eighth inning on a solo homer from Adam Engel.

Notes

Luis Robert extended his hitting streak to 13 games, tying his career-high.

Tony La Russa said Lucas Giolito is feeling better but is not sure when he will pitch.

What’s On Tap Next?

The South Siders open an eight-game road trip Monday in Kansas City. They have not announced a starter as of yet but will face familiar foe Brad Keller. The game will get underway at 7:10 PM CT and air on NBC Sports Chicago.

Tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further White Sox commentary all season.

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