The Yankees couldn’t beat the Red Sox, but they didn’t have much of a problem with the White Sox.
The Bombers snapped their season-high five-game losing streak and the White Sox’ season-long four-game winning streak behind a dominant effort by Lance Lynn, who made his first start for New York after coming over in a trade with Minnesota.
Lynn held the Sox to two singles over 7⅓ innings, retiring 19 in a row in between the first-inning infield single by Daniel Palka and Nicky Delmonico’s leadoff single in the seventh.
Dylan Covey had his usual problems the second time through the order after starting the game with three shutout innings. He at least gave the Sox some length, pitching 6⅓ innings, although Adam Engel helped. Greg Bird tried to turn a two-run fourth into a five-run frame, but Engel made a leaping catch at the wall to take back a three-run homer in what might be the Sox’ best defensive play of the year.
Covey got out of that inning with no further damage, but three Yankee singles around a wild pitch tacked on two more runs to put the game effectively out of reach.
Lynn pushed the White Sox around, striking out nine while allowing just the two hits and a walk. They didn’t even threaten many hits, as Lynn only allowed three batted balls harder than 95 mph. All three were groundouts.
The Sox only challenged Lynn in the first, when Yolmer Sanchez walked with one out, and Palka reached with a cue single with two outs. Avisail Garcia struck out swinging, and the offense could never make a game of it once the Yankees got on the board.
Thyago Vieira didn’t fare well in his first game since his professional-looking save. He started the eighth with a strikeout, but the Yankees figured out that he couldn’t get a breaking ball over the plate, and they ended up lighting him up for three runs on two homers, both on fastballs.
Matt Davidson’s third pitching appearance went better. He had to deal with his first two baserunners — a two-out walk and a single by Aaron Hicks — after striking out Giancarlo Stanton, but Gleyber Torres flied out to shallow right field to end the threat. Davidson threw 20 pitches, and started looking tired by the end of it.
Record: 41-71 | Box score
Man, I need a good Yoan game soon. I’m starting to get really discouraged.
To something completely different- Looks like the #freeLoaiza clan got out over their skis.
Ryan LaMarre instead of Eloy? Are you kidding me Rick? This is seriously ridiculous at this point.
This is Rick showing Gar how to tank.
Since Davidson likely has no future with this organization as a hitter, I would give him the option of staying as a pitcher. Give him a winter of working up his arm strength, have him spend a lot of time with Coop, and see what he’s got next spring. He is very intriguing as a pitcher.
Hopefully Eloy’s up for the Kansas City series at home next weekend – easier debut than against NY and Cleveland. Some FOs like to introduce top prospects on the road – less pressure, blah blah blah. Do the Sox have a history of that? You’d think they’d want some extra box office and buzz with a splash at The Grate (I’ll spell it “The Great” after the next WS title).
If he’s not up then, it’s September? I understand the service time issue, but if they wait until mid-April, they’re basically robbing this guy of 3-months of MLB play after he was ready to go.
I think the service time issue is more important to them then giving him some playing time at the major league level. Which is why the new CBA better address this injustice. Be ready for a long fight over this issue. Hopefully it won’t be 1994 all over again, where the Sox are championship caliber and a strikes wipes out their chances.
Can’t hit Lance Lynn! Pitiful. I’d give the game ball to the Yankee barber. We’ll see how the clean cut look goes. Could start a trend. Leave the beards to hockey playoffs.