New York Yankees

The New York Yankees were dominated by Chris Sale and the White Sox on Friday night as they drop the series opener. 

  • Chicago White Sox: 7 (24-12)
  • New York Yankees: 1 (14-20)
  • American League, FINAL, Box Score
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

By Christian Kouroupakis

The New York Yankees were taken care of easily by Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox as they score one run for the sixth time this year en route to a 7-1 loss in the Bronx.

Sale allowed one earned run and only let six Yankees batters reach base as he earned his eighth victory (8-0) while lowering his ERA to 1.67 on the year. From the fourth to the eighth innings, the southpaw sent 15 hitters back to the dugout prior to Starlin Castro’s leadoff single in the ninth.

He also became just the third pitcher since 1969 to win their first eight starts while maintaining a sub-two earned run average. Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez and Fernando Valenzuela were the only two to accomplish that feat.

On the other hand, Luis Severino struggled mightily as it has become a re-occurring theme here in 2016. The phenom was tagged for seven earned runs in just 2.2 innings before the 22-year old left the contest with soreness on the back of his right elbow.

Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, and Jimmy Rollins did most of the damage off Sevy as they combined for six runs for their squad. Abreu drove in two with a single, Eaton cranked a two-run double, and Rollins sent one into the seats for a two-run home run into the second deck to fuel the Sox’s offense.

For New York, the only offense came from Chase Headley out of all people. In the bottom of the second, he smashed a solo blast to left field with an aggressive swing. Unfortunately, that would not be enough off Sale who completed the game and secured a 7-1 win at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.

Play Of The Day:

In the top of the first innings with two outs, former Yankee Melky Cabrera slapped a ground ball to utility infielder, Ronald Torreyes.

Torreyes ranged to his left, laid out, made the play, and threw a strike to Mark Teixeira to nab Cabrera at first to end the frame.

Nick Is Good(y):

One of the low-key members of the monster bullpen is Nick Goody who is certainly coming through when his team needs him the most. Tonight, he ate innings up and lightened the load on the rest of the ‘pen.

The righty out of Florida College pitched 3.1 innings against the White Sox and struck out three batters compared to no walks while only allowing one hit. This performance lowered his 2016 ERA to 1.13 with a 15.4 K/9 in eight innings of work.

In total, the bullpen managed 6.1 innings of shutout ball with five strikeouts compared to three walks.

Headley Getting Hot?

After the Yankees’ third baseman broke his funk yesterday with his first home run in 288 days, he decided to perform an encore off one of the best pitchers in baseball.

In the bottom of the second, Headley hit a bomb into the seats in left to give him his second home run in as many games. In the last seven games entering Friday night, Headley owned a .350 batting average with a home run and four RBI.

Injury Alert:

After Jimmy Rollins cranked a two-run home run into the second deck in right in the top of the third of Severino, the Yankees’ trainer, Steve Donohue, came out alongside Joe Girardi and removed him from the game.

During their brief meeting on the mound, it was difficult to read their lips or their body language but Severino did, in fact, grab his arm for a brief moment.

According to the Yankees’ PR department, he suffered a fight triceps strain and will be placed on the 15-day DL.

What’s Next:

The Yanks are hoping to bounce back in game two of the three-game series against Chicago. On the mound for the Yankees will be Ivan Nova, making his second start of the 2016 season.

Say what you want about his first start but it was a successful one. He did not qualify for the win after throwing after only lasting 4.2 innings but limited the Kansas City Royals to one run on six hits while striking out three and walking one.

Nova is in the rotation after CC Sabathia’s groin injury landed the lefty on the 15-day disabled list.

Opposing him is Jose Quintana who has maintained an impressive 0.64 ERA in his last four starts and has held opponents to a .186 batting average.

First pitch will be thrown by “Super Nova” at 1:05 PM ET with coverage being on the YES Network starting at noon on the same channel.

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