The New York Yankees pummelled the Chicago White Sox for a second consecutive night at Guaranteed Rate Field. Giancarlo Stanton homered in his third straight game, launching another first-inning blast against Sox starting pitching. Among plenty of other Yankees' scoring, Josh Donaldson added three RBIs as the White Sox expectedly fell New York by a score of 10-4.
The homer from Stanton came in the first frame and put the Yankees up 2-0. His fourth long ball in his last three games put the Bronx Bombers on track for their 19th win in their last 22 games. Of course, Friday's effort followed New York's season-high 15 runs on 15 hits in the series opener. Aaron Judge added a solo home run in the sixth to increase the lead to 6-0. The Yankees piled even further thanks to homers from Josh Donaldson and Joey Gallo. Simply put, they are the best team in MLB.
Yankees' ace Gerrit Cole pitched 6.1 innings allowing three runs on six hits. He fanned nine and issued one free pass. His efforts helped New York improve to an MLB-leading 24-8 record.
The South Siders lost for the third time in four games. They've been outscored 41-21 in those contests. White Sox starter Vince Velazquez was torched and saw his season ERA rise to 5.53. He finished the outing with five innings pitched, relinquishing seven runs on eight hits and three walks. Offensively for the Sox, Luis Robert had two hits and scored twice and Gavin Sheets homered.
Minor Dust-Up With Donaldson... Again
Things got a bit testy between the two teams in the bottom of the first inning. Yankees catcher Jose Trevino threw behind the runner on third, Tim Anderson, with the bases loaded. Josh Donaldson tried to push the diving Anderson off the bag with his knee. Anderson got up and pushed Donaldson and the two exchanged words.
The third base umpire immediately interjected, but that didn't stop the benches from clearing. The bullpens emptied onto the field, but things did not escalate from there.
The White Sox and Donaldson have a bit of a history. Donaldson homered off Lucas Giolito last season and yelled "It's not sticky anymore," leading to a strongly-worded response from the Sox righty.
Tim Anderson made a spectacular play moving deep into the hole on a groundball in the fifth inning. The shortstop leads MLB in errors.
The White Sox placed Lucas Giolito on the COVID-19 Related injured list.
Andrew Vaughn returned to Chicago after his brief rehab stint in Charlotte but did not play Friday.
What's On Tap Next?
These American League foes will be back at it again Saturday night. Dallas Keuchel takes the mound for the Chicago White Sox and lefty Jordan Montgomery will toe the rubber for the New York Yankees. The game will air on NBC Sports Chicago beginning at 6:10 PM CT.