CHICAGO — The MLB schedule-maker couldn’t have put the putrid White Sox in front of the Yankees at a better time for Aaron Boone’s club.
Think the world’s best pitcher of Bloody Mary’s after a long night on Rush Street with a nightcap at Rossi’s.
Coming off a four-game sweep by the Red Sox that likely put an end to the Yankees’ hopes of winning the AL East, the Yankees pulled into Guaranteed Rate Field where the only lock is that the inept White Sox will lose.
And they did, submitting to the Yankees in three games in three nights to send the Yankees home feeling better than when they departed Boston early Monday morning.
With Giancarlo Stanton providing a grand slam in the six-run second and Luis Severino going stingy after a rocky first inning the Yankees topped the White Sox, 7-3, Wednesday night in front of 27,038.
The three-game sweep sent the Yankees home with a 3-4 road trip as they prepare to host the Rangers, the worst team in the AL West.
If the Yankees are ever going to cut into the Red Sox’s nine-game lead the clock is ticking loudly.
Beginning with a 7-0 victory over the White Sox on Monday night, the Yankees started a 27-game stretch against teams that are .500 and below. And the lone .500 team was the Rays.
Stanton’s slam was the sixth of his career, first as a Yankee and his 27th homer of the season. Severino gave up two hits and three runs in the first and Tim Anderson’s solo homer in the fifth. His first victory since July 7 raised Severino’s record to 15-5. In seven innings, his longest outing since July 1, Severino gave up three runs, seven hits, didn’t issue a walk and struck out eight.
Chad Green gave the White Sox a morsel of hope in the eighth when he put runners at the corners with two outs, but struck out Avisail Garcia looking with a 3-2 pitch. It was Green’s third whiff of the inning.
Though Aroldis Chapman was available after not being so on Tuesday night due body soreness, Boone called for Jonathan Holder to work the ninth with a four-run advantage. Chapman started to throw lightly in the pen before Holder threw his first pitch.
Not only are the White Sox bad at hitting and pitching they aren’t smart. Nicky Delmonico doubled starting the seventh and trailing, 7-3, attempted to get to third on a ground ball to shortstop Gleyber Torres. His throw to third easily beat Delmonico for the first out of the inning and the White Sox didn’t score.
After giving up those two runs in the first Severino retired 11 straight batters before Anderson lofted an opposite-field homer to right starting the fifth inning that reduced the Yankees’ lead to 7-3.
Aaron Hicks had opened the fifth with his 19th homer that stretched the advantage to 7-2.
Trailing 2-0 going into the second inning the Yankees plated six runs with the big blow Stanton’s grand slam.
Torres led off with a walk, went to second on Neil Walker’s bloop single to left and scored on Austin Romine’s ground single to left that cut the deficit to 2-1. Shane Robinson tied the score, 2-2, with a single that scored Walker. White Sox starter Lucas Giolito hit Brett Gardner to load the bases for Stanton.
With the count, 3-0, Stanton fouled a ball off and did the same at 3-1. He didn’t miss the next pitch, sending it over the right-field wall for a 6-2 lead. It was Stanton’s first grand slam since April 18, 2014 against the Mariners.
Severino entered the game with recent numbers more in line with a fifth starter pitching for his big-league life. In his previous five starts Severino was 1-3 with an 8.28 ERA and had given up 40 hits and seven walks in 25 innings. Batters were hitting .364 against him with an OPS of 1.070.
In the home first it appeared Severino was in for a sixth straight rough start since the feeble White Sox scored twice. However, after giving up an RBI double to Jose Abreu and an RBI single to Daniel Palka, Severino got a force out and fanned Delmonico to end the rally.
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