The Chicago White Sox played host to The New York Yankees Thursday night. The first of a four-game series did not bode well for the Pale Hose. They fell 15-7 at the hands of a seven-run Yankee eighth inning and two Giancarlo Stanton home runs.
Cease Dominates.. But Doesn’t
The White Sox came into this contest having won seven of their last eight games. The Yankees sent rookie Luis Gil to the mound against Chicago’s Dylan Cease. The Sox righty had allowed just nine runs in his first six starts of the season.
Cease tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts in four innings, but he was tagged for a season-high six runs on six hits. Four of those runs came off the bat of Stanton. New York's slugger hit two opposite-field homer runs against Cease.
But the South Siders rallied to tie the game at seven thanks to Yoan Moncada's first home run of the season. The switch hitter blasted a three-run shot to center against Jonathan Loaisiga in the seventh.
The White Sox's good fortune with the bats did not carry over to the bullpen. Joe Kelly’s misfortunes made his second appearance in a Sox uniform ugly. Kelly began the inning by quickly recording two outs. He was very sharp and exhibited command and control on his wicked breaking pitches.
Then, things unraveled. Marwin Gonzalez walked with two outs and Gleyber Torres pinch-hit for Kyle Higashioka. Torres quickly fell behind 0-2 but battled back in the at-bat to draw a walk. Kelly was not the beneficiary of a couple of close pitches that would have ended the inning.
White Sox pitching gave the Yankees an opening and, as the saying goes, give them an inch they take a mile. The Yankees' relentless lineup took advantage.
Another walk loaded the bases for Aaron Judge. Tony La Russa decided to leave Kelly in the game after three consecutive walks. Judge beat out an infield grounder that scored two runs when Torres ignored the stop sign at third and scored from second. Jose Abreu hesitated long enough at first base with the ball to allow the second run to cross the plate. Anthony Rizzo walked and the bases were loaded again -- this time for Stanton.
That's when La Russa decided to bring in lefty Tanner Banks. Stanton singled to score two more runs before Josh Donaldson capped the onslaught with a three-run homer to left. In all, it was an eight-run seventh inning that saw each Yankee tally coming with two outs to make it a 15-7 ballgame.
Cease is the second starting pitcher in MLB history to strike out 11-plus in 4.0 or fewer innings pitched.
- Carlos Rodon 7/25/17 vs. CHC
- Dylan Cease 5/12/22 vs. NYY
Thursday marked the first time in over two years the White Sox gave up 15 runs.
Tony La Russa said Johnny Cueto is in the mix to start a game in the Sox's doubleheader at Kansas City on Tuesday.
Andrew Vaughn hit two homers for Triple-A Charlotte.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees will do battle again Friday night as the South Siders look to even the series. Vince Velasquez will toe the rubber for the White Sox as the Yankees send their ace Gerritt Cole to the bump. First pitch is at 7:10 PM CT and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.