New York Yankees closer to First Playoff Berth in 3 Years
It was a great day for Yankees baseball as the Bronx Bombers inch closer to their first playoff berth in three years by defeating the Chicago White Sox 2-1.
John Danks took the pitchers mound for the White Sox and Adam Warren represented the Bronx Bombers in this bout.The White Sox stroke first as Adam Warren struggled in the first inning. With no outs, Adam Eaton connected for a hit, stole second and scored on Jose Abreu single to right field. Fortunately, an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play ended further damage. Warren has an alarmingly high 6.75 ERA in 1st innings during 16 starts this season.
As it usually is with the Yankees, the best was yet to come. It took the New York Yankees 5 innings to figure out John Danks, as they where finally able to get on the board in the 6th inning. In a bit of poetic justice, the first run to score came courtesy of Jacoby Ellsbury, who hit a line drive to Eaton. Eaton scored the first run of the game on behalf of the White Sox during the first inning of play. Ellsbury would then go on to steal second and score courtesy of a ground-rule double off the bat of Chase Headley. Headley himself was driven in by Alex Rodriguez, who provided another double to drive in the winning run of the game.
After the action in the 6th inning, Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller combined to hold the White Sox hitless and retire them in order to end the game. Miller earned save number 36 for his efforts.
The Yankees will be back in Yankee Stadium at 1:05 pm for the last game of the 4 game series. Even though the White Sox are out of contention for the playoffs, there is nothing more dangerous than a team with nothing to lose.
For the White Sox, Erik Johnson will take the mound. He’™s 3-0, with a 3.52 ERA. He will face the Yankees up and coming pitcher Luis Severino, who sports a 3.10 ERA and is coming off a tough no decision after facing the division leading Blue Jays earlier in the week.
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