The White Sox evened up their 3 game series with the New York Yankees on Tuesday with a 4-1 victory. Overall, the offense struggled yet again, but the pitching bailed out the lackluster bats.
The game began with domination from both Luis Severino and Miguel Gonzalez. Severino struck out four Sox hitters in the first two innings. The White Sox offense has been struggling throughout the first two weeks of the new season, and it looked like they were going to be in for another long night. Gonzalez and Severino were each dominating the opposing lineup through the first two innings until Severino hit a snag in the third. A solo home run from Leury Garcia put the Sox up 1-0 in the top of the third. With the way Gonzalez was pitching, it seemed that Garcia’s unlikely home run could possibly provide just enough run support for the Sox to sneak out another win in which they did not get much offense.
Miguel Gonzalez kept his pitch count incredibly low throughout Tuesday’s game, his third start of the season. He had only thrown 62 pitches through seven innings which is absolutely remarkable. Gonzalez was relieved of the pressure of a 1-0 lead when Avi Garcia blasted a moon shot to left-center against Severino. Yankees’ shortstop Pete Kozma botched a double play ball just a couple batters before this extremely clutch home run. Garcia is still leading the MLB in batting average, and this is absolutely mind-blowing considering the way he has played in his first few seasons with the White Sox. Whether this is just an outstanding hot streak or an entirely new hitter remains to be seen.
Given a 4-0 lead, Miguel Gonzalez was presented with the opportunity to finish off his masterful start because of his quick work of the Yankees. Gonzalez was unable to get the complete game as he was pulled after allowing two base runners in the ninth. David Robertson came in and struggled with his control. He eventually walked in a run which was charged to Gonzalez. Fortunately, Robertson was able to get Aaron Judge to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the ballgame and put the Sox back over .500.