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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Yankees 7, White Sox 5

QUICK STATS:


The Yankees are in hot waters after Josh Donaldson made racist comments toward Tim Anderson throughout today’s game. D.J. LeMahieu celebrated reaching 10 years of service in MLB with a short-porch grand slam in the second inning off Dallas Keuchel that put the Yankees up for good. The path to this win was far from straightforward, as José Abreu answered in the next inning with a three-run bomb off Nestor Cortes Jr, who racked up seven strikeouts in five tough innings. The bullpen made that lead stand up just long enough, as Clay Holmes completed his 19th-consecutive scoreless outing with 1.1 innings to wrap up another win over the White Sox.


THE DONALDSON INCIDENT:


Josh Donaldson has tempted fate far too often against the Chicago White Sox over the last few years. The bad blood continued this year after he pushed Tim Anderson off third base in an argument just last week.


And he found a way to cross a line today. Yasmani Grandal had some words for Donaldson as he stepped up to the plate in the fifth inning, and then the benches cleared. No punches were thrown, and no players were ejected, but Anderson had to be restrained but multiple players.


The nature of those comments came to light in the postgame. White Sox manager Tony La Russa alleged Donaldson said something racist to Anderson. The shortstop elaborated further here, as Donaldson did so multiple times:




Donaldson said that he did in fact call Anderson “Jackie” during the game as a “joke.” Needless to say, Anderson’s reaction makes it hard to believe that the Yankees’ third baseman was “joking.” He did say he’d apologize and meet with Anderson, but the damage has been done. Donaldson should know better than to talk to an opponent with language like that, especially at a time when Black people in America have to deal with this nonsense on a daily basis.


The Yankees and Donaldson need to handle this carefully, learn from this, and be better.


BIG STORY:


As far as the game went, The Yankees and White Sox put a lot of players on the bases. Chicago batters racked up 11 hits, with nearly every starter recording a knock in a three-hour and 40-minute game. Meanwhile, New York only reached eight hits but picked up six walks. The Bombers recorded the win because they took advantage of their opportunities better than the White Sox. Both teams recorded three hits with runners in scoring position. The Yankees reached that mark in seven at-bats, while the White Sox got there in 13.


The White Sox had two chances late to pick themselves back up. They had Michael King on the ropes in the sixth as A.J. Pollock, Leury García, and Josh Harrison all doubled to cut the Yankees’ lead to just one run. Tim Anderson (who we’ll discuss more in a moment) walked with two outs and Harrison on the second, sending Andrew Vaughn to the plate with a chance to give Chicago its first lead. Vaughn chopped a 1-2 pitch up the middle for a forceout to end the frame.


Jonathan Loásiga faced a similar situation the next inning. Luis Robert blooped a single to right and Abreu reached on a fielder's choice after Isiah Kiner-Falefa chose to go to second on a weak ground ball. The right-hander buckled down and struck out Yasmani Grandal, Pollock, and García to escape trouble.


NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:


Stanton had another great game, hitting the ball hard and finding holes. Cortes battled, allowing the White Sox to extend at-bats with 28 foul balls in 100 pitches. Nevertheless, he re-found his form in the late innings to get the job done. Also, Holmes has just been dealing, only needing 12 pitches to rack up three whiffs on six swings against him today while averaging 98.3 mph on his sinker.


BETTER TO FORGET:


King had a lesser outing today, as mentioned earlier. Higashioka had his fourth passed ball of the season already, but he did hit two balls hard to the outfield – including one that traveled over 400 feet. So, maybe some positive steps forward?


MY TAKE:


On the field, the Yankees got the job done as they have. The pitching staff certainly struggled, but this is a strong White Sox lineup in theory. A team with Anderson, Abreu, and Robert as its core should still work every at-bat as they did today. Also, Clay Holmes has a strong case to be the Yankees' closer.


Now, the Donaldson situation puts the game in a bit of a different light. The Yankees and the league have to at least suspend Donaldson. Major League Baseball has long had issues addressing systematic racism within the sport along with the number of Black players in the sport dropping since the early 1980s. The ball’s in MLB’s corner. Will they handle this appropriately?


NEXT UP:


The Yankees host a double-header against the White Sox to wrap up the season series. Jameson Taillon faces Johnny Cueto in the first game, and then Luis Severino goes up against Michael Koepech in the nightcap on Sunday Night baseball.

10 Comments


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May 25, 2022

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ldegraphics
May 23, 2022

I'm done reading this woke crap.

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ldegraphics
May 23, 2022

aI heard Mike Trout was called Mickey after Mantle. Trout was traumatized & now is in a safe space waiting for an apology for this racial slur. You people don't find this stuff absurd? Timmy is an attention seeker & a snowflke end of story!!!!!!

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
May 22, 2022

You are missing a huge piece of context for the Donaldson remark. In 2019, Anderson gave an interview where he bombastically proclaimed himself "today's Jackie Robinson" because he was going to "change the game" by breaking the "have-fun barrier" (having "fun" meaning bat flips and other behavior designed to show up an opponent). Full article is here: https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/04/30/chicago-white-sox-tim-anderson-jackie-robinson


Anderson's arrogance and ignorance is breath-taking. He is not the Jackie Robinson of today or any day. Robinson faced sickening abuse, threats and actual violence. I can't fathom how he restrained himself from fighting back, but it is a measure of his greatness that he did. To analogize the importance and difficulty of breaking the racist color barrier to breaking a bar…


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gunnpsg
May 22, 2022
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I think you're going a little too hard on Anderson here. He acknowledged his struggle is different from Jackie's in that piece that's also about three years old. Not to mention Anderson's probably dealt with a lot of inappropriate, racist comments throughout his career, he has a right to stand up for himself.

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Cary Greene
Cary Greene
May 22, 2022

Nestor battled and he was ultimately the beneficiary of run support. The White Sox had a great approach against him. If this was Nestor on a bad day, we'll take it! King also struggled.


Clay Holmes is unreal. He's become "the" high leverage reliever in the Yankee bullpen. Both him and Cortes deserve early consideration for All-Star nominations. As a Pirates fan, I claim the trade was unfair & it should be voided I say!! LOL


Donaldson has expressed a desire to apologize for his unacceptable comment to Anderson -- as well he should. MLB may discipline Donaldson as well. An unfortunate incident which has no place in MLB.

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