The Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees played two games Sunday as part of a makeup from Friday's rainout. Saturday's game had an immense amount of tension when the benches cleared. However, there didn't appear to be any carryover of tempers to Sunday's doubleheader. The White Sox did all the talking this time by sweeping the doubleheader and taking two of three in New York.
Tim Anderson was originally in the lineup before Tony La Russa scratched him. The Sox skipper wanted to save him for the cooler nightcap.
Donaldson started at third base for New York and went 0-4. Donaldson lined out to third baseman Yoan Moncada, who was slotted into the lineup in place of Anderson. Yoan saved a run by snagging the ball at his shoe strings. In the fourth, Donaldson flied out to deep left field, missing a homer by a few feet.
How They Scored
Yasmani Grandal, who exchanged words with Donaldson on Saturday, opened the scoring with an RBI single in the fourth. Jose Abreu scored after moving up to second on A.J. Pollock's base knock. This RBI gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead that lasted until the eighth. The victory became less certain when Aaron Judge tied the game for the Yankees by homering off Kendall Graveman in the eighth.
A.J. Pollock continues to heat up and hit hit a leadoff homer against Aroldis Chapman. Chapman also gave up an RBI double to Adam Engel. Engel's double scored Andrew Vaugh who drew one of the two White Sox walks. Liam Hendricks, who didn't believe Donaldson's reasons for calling Anderson "Jackie", struck out two in a perfect ninth. Hendriks pumped his fist and screamed loudly after fanning Jose Trevino for the last out.
Dia De Cueto
Judge's 15th homer cost Johnny Cueto a chance at his first win. The righty allowed six hits, issued two walks, and struck out five in his second start. Yankees starter Jameson Taillon allowed a run on five hits and one free pass. He struck out seven in seven innings.
Game 1 Notes
Chapman has given up at least one run in each of his last five appearances and earned the loss. You hate to see it.
It was the first time in Cueto's 15-year career that he's opened a season with back-to-back scoreless outings of six innings or longer.
Aaron Bummer was activated from the 15-day injured list and served as the 27th man for the doubleheader.
The White Sox had two pickoffs on the day.
Game 2 - How They Scored
Tim Anderson did the talking in this one with one swing of the bat and a swagger filled trip around the bases. Anderson blasted a three-run jack in the eighth and then put a finger to his lips to silence Yankees fans booing and chanting “Jackie” at him. It capped a roller coaster weekend and put the White Sox up for good 5-0 in the night cap of a doubleheader sweep. All five White Sox runs came in the eight inning with two outs.
Andrew Vaughn and Reese McGuire opened the scoring in the eighth with back-to-back RBI singles. Jose Abreu scored on Vaughn's single while Adam Engel pinch ran for Gavin Sheets to score on Vaughn's hit.
Sox Pitching Dominates Again
White Sox pitching has carried the team all year and, with some fireworks for the offense, keyed these wins. Michael Kopech was dominant this time out vs New York. He pitched seven strong innings allowing just one hit and two walks to go along with six Ks. Matt Foster and Reynaldo Lopez recorded the final six outs. They allowed no free passes, fanned one, and relinquished two hits. Yankees Starter Luis Severino pitched seven solid innings as well. He scattered eight hits, walked none, and whiffed five. It was Jonathan Loaisiga that was charged with four of the five White Sox runs. Anderson's three-run homer came off of Miguel Castro, who came out in relief of Loaisiga.
Game 2 Notes
Michael Kopech notched his first win of the season after coming off the paternity list.
New York pitching coach Matt Blake was ejected in the third innings by home plate umpire Greg Gibson.
The White Sox improved to 13-7 since May 1.
What's On Tap Next?
After Monday's off day, Dylan Cease will take the hill against the Boston Red Sox to open a five-game homestand. Nick Pivetta will make the start for Boston. You can catch it all on NBC Sports Net Chicago at 7:10 p.m. CDT. Tune into Sox On Tap for the postgame.