Yankees 7, White Sox 0: Bats silenced, Dylan Cease derailed

For three innings, Dylan Cease outpitched the American League’s best starter.

The second turn through the order is where Gerrit Cole settled the matter.

After wending his way through the first three innings with only walk to his line, Cease’s command loosened during a three-run fourth, and he was never able to get back on track. Cole, meanwhile, overcame early (relative) control issues to cruise through seven of the Yankees’ nine scoreless innings.

Considering Cole had recently set an MLB record with 61 strikeouts in between walks, the White Sox did an admirable job of resisting pitches outside the zone, resulting in Cole’s first three-walk game since last August.

It just didn’t result in runs. Four of their seven baserunners against Cole were erased via double plays, and two other potential rallies died with called third strikes that were off the plate. The White Sox probably wouldn’t have done much against Cole even with robot umps, but Todd Tichenor’s zone didn’t help.

Cease opened the game intent on matching Cole. He got 11 swinging strikes over the first two innings alone, including a three-K second. The slider was especially sharp early.

But when the fourth inning arrived, some of Cease’s problems with yanking pitches returned. Aaron Judge poked a fourth consecutive pitch away to right field with one out, followed by a Cease walk of Gio Urshela. A slider got Cease back into a count against Gleyber Torres after he fell behind 2-0, but the next curve hung on him, and Torres kept his hands back long enough to swat a double into the left-center gap, which gave the Yankees the two runs they needed. Rougned Odor followed with his own double to score Torres for a 3-0 lead.

Cease completed the fourth, but not the fifth. It didn’t help that Andrew Vaughn broke back on a Luke Voit fly that fell in front of him to start the inning, nor that Yasmani Grandal dropped what should’ve been strike one to Brett Gardner before failing to glove Cease’s well-outside fastball for ball two. Gardner singled Voit home. Cease recovered to strike out Judge, but his gloveside-yanking problems led to another walk of Urshela and the end of his day. Matt Foster gave up a two-run double to put the fourth and fifth runs on Cease’s tab.

Cease’s line looks a lot like his career before 2021: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 54 of 91 pitches for strikes. The one difference can be found in the Statcast page, as the 20 swinging strikes showed what his stuff could do when he could locate it.

The Yankees tacked on a solo shot against Foster in the sixth, then another run against José Ruiz in the seventh.

They didn’t score in the eighth, but they came out ahead by denying the White Sox’s best scoring opportunity. Nick Madrigal came up with the Sox’s lone extra-base hit by roping a Justin Wilson fastball into the left-center power alley past Miguel Andujar, a poor infielder-turned poor outfielder who took an ugly route.

But as Madrigal is wont to do, he retired himself on the basepaths to nullify his presence. He broke for home on Tim Anderson’s grounder to third base and was thrown out by 15 feet. He didn’t slide because Anderson left the bat on the edge of the batter’s box, taking away his path to the plate. He pointed to the bat as if to lodge a complaint, but there wasn’t anybody to hear it.

Bullet points:

*Anderson broke an 0-for-17 slump with a single, although Adam Eaton erased him with a double play. Anderson also drew a walk and made a nice sliding stab and throw to retire Kyle Higashioka, so maybe he’s on the verge of righting the ship.

*José Abreu went 2-for-4 in a better showing his second game back, but the two spots ahead of him and the four spots behind him went a combined 0-for-19.

*Yoán Moncada‘s 10-game hitting streak ended, although he did reach base with a walk. He also bumped into Grandal on a pop-up near third base, with both looking dissatisfied by the incident. It was Moncada’s ball, but if he called for it, it wasn’t nearly as vigorous as an Abreu declaration.

*Silver lining for Vaughn: The misread on the fly was a legitimately surprising occurrence, especially since he made a nice diving catch earlier in the game.

Record: 26-18 | Box score | Statcast

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Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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Shingos Cheeseburgers

So that’s what it looks when you dabble with elite free agents. Looks nice must be fun.

That’s what it looks like when three outfielders are hurt and some others are slumping. It’s a good starting staff. Cole would’ve broke the bank – they’re not the Yankees.

Last edited 1 year ago by tommytwonines
dwjm3

It is also what it looks like when you settle for Adam Eaton and don’t buy a quality right fielder

Last edited 1 year ago by dwjm3
itaita

The Yankees Quality Right Fielder was Drafted. Also, they’re missing Stanton and Hicks who were their own starting OF heading into the season (at least i think Stanton was still the LF.) Really this Yankee batting lineup today was pretty free of big money free agents and just as shaky as the Sox from 6 on down atm.

dwjm3

I’m not talking about the Yankees roster I’m talking about our failure to maximize our roster.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

If the White Sox won the next 20 World Series they wouldn’t be the Yankees.

soxygen

The good news is that Hendricks’ legs will be fresh for tomorrow in case we’re able to force extra innings.

tommytwonines

Wow, even Jim let it go for a day.

Root Cause

We are scoring 1.75 runs/game since HOF’r made Chicago the place where fun goes to die. I hope that is just a coincidence.

tommytwonines

Wow, even Jim let it go for a day.

mrridgman

You’re in the distinct minority dude.

tommytwonines

I’m talking about yesterday. TLR a non-factor.

mrridgman

When he’s built up his current WS resume in a short period of time, it’s human nature.

As Cirensica

LOL… I am starting to find this whole TLR thingy funny. We should be used to this crap after 8 years of Ozzie.

Trooper Galactus

Silver lining, there’s a lot of good stuff happening in the high minors, some of it rather surprising. The organization’s depth is looking a bit healthier at the moment, even if it is still early down there.

Amar

“Healthier at the moment” – Let’s hope Adolfo remains healthy

Trooper Galactus

Well, yeah, why wouldn’t we?