Nick Greco brings us the Game Summary:
In the series finale of a three game set, the Yankees looked to complete a series sweep against Lucas Giolito and the White Sox by sending recently slumping ace Luis Severino to the mound. Luckily for the Yankees, Severino was able to regain a semblance of his ace form last night against the Sox.
The top of the first only saw a one out walk to Giancarlo Stanton for the Yankees as Giolito put down both Gardner and Hicks on swinging strikeouts. Greg Bird ended the inning by grounding out.
Severino started off shaky. After striking out Yoan Moncada to lead-off the game, the next three batters in a row reached base - a single from Yolmer Sanchez, an RBI double from Jose Abreu, and an RBI single by Daniel Palka. With this, the White Sox jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and it started looking like it was going to be another concerning outing for Severino.
The second inning though would be a break out inning for the Yankees. It began with a lead-off walk to Gleyber Torres. After an Andujar strikeout, the Yankees strung together singles from Neil Walker and Austin Romine. Romine's hit scored Torres and put the Yankees in position to create a big inning. A Shane Robinson single then drove home Neil Walker and allowed Romine to move to second. Giolito then hit Brett Gardner to set up a bases loaded situation with Giancarlo Stanton coming up to the plate. With an outside fastball, Stanton swung and went with the pitch and delivered a barely fair bomb to the right field seats - a GRAND SLAM!! With this, the Yankees jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead, giving Sevy plenty of lead to work with.
Severino gave Yankee fans some bright rays of hope as he would settle in and go scoreless for the next three frames, not giving up another run until the bottom of the 5th on a solo home run by Tim Anderson.
The Yankees also added to the scoring in the first half of the 5th with an Aaron Hicks’ home run, his 19th of the year, on a hanging curve ball by Giolito. After five innings it was 7-3 Yankees - and that’s where the score would stay.
After the Anderson homer, Severino settled in once again to finish off seven innings worth of White Sox batters with a final line of 7IP, 3R, 8k and no walks, giving all of Yankee Nation a cause to believe that maybe his issues have been ironed out.
Chad Green and Jonathan Holder held the White Sox batters in the 8th and 9th respectively, Green did this by striking out the side in the 8th and Holder by striking out one in the 9th and getting a groiund out and a fly out around a single.
The 9th inning did bring some unusual action as Yankees athletic trainer Steve Donohue had to remove a live and flapping moth from the second base umpire's ear before Holder could close the game out.
All in all, the Yankees completed an important sweep of the less than impressive Chicago White Sox after a heartbreaking series in Boston. The Yankees rode great pitching performances by Lance Lynn, CC Sabathia, and Severino to the series sweep. The Yankees now head home to play the Texas Rangers, another sub .500 team that the Yankees need to take care of.
J.A. Happ looks to return to the mound after a freak stint on the DL with Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. Let's go Yankees!