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Judge's big blast helps Yankees cap grand homestand

20 April, 2017, 06:25 | Author: Iris Sanchez
  • Chicago White Sox vs New York Yankees

The Yankees (10-5), who went 8-1 on their nine-game homestand, start a six-game trip Friday in Pittsburgh, followed by three games in Boston.

The Yankees, meanwhile, could not do anything against old friend Miguel Gonzalez, who went 8 ¹/₃ innings before giving way to David Robertson, who made it interesting by walking in a run before getting the final out on an Aaron Judge bases-loaded grounder to short for the force at second. 1-0 White Sox. Look wonderful against the first eight guys and get hurt by the ninth hitter, go figure.

Holliday hit a 459-foot home run in a five-run third off Derek Holland (1-2), and Judge knocked the left-hander out with a 385-foot home run in the fifth. NY has rebounded from a 1-4 start with its longest winning streak since a 10-game run in June 2012.

Montgomery will be making his second big league start.

Cabrera began the night batting.258 with four doubles and two RBIs in eight games.

Holland was tagged for 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings and fell to 1-7 with a 6.97 ERA against the Yankees. A deal can't be reached because the rebuilding White Sox wanted a lot and NY won't give in to their demands.

Adam Warren replaced Montgomery and worked into the ninth.

In the bottom half Brett Gardner, in a 2-for-27 skid, got ahead 3-and-1 before lining a fastball into the gap in right-center for a double. Tyler Saladino out at second.

Starlin Castro had three hits for NY, and Judge drove in three runs.

Brewers slugger Eric Thames had two doubles and three hits but ended his franchise record-tying homer streak at five games. Chase Headley and Aaron Hicks also went deep to give NY a season high four home runs.

Michael Brantley hit a solo home run and drove in two runs in support of Cleveland starter Danny Salazar, who gave up seven hits and walked two batters in his six innings, but only allowed one run. His unexpected production is obviously something the White Sox should be very happy to see, but even more so because of the uncertain future of Frazier.

Despite breaking out of his slump Sunday night with a huge game at the plate, Yankees 1B Greg Bird was left on the bench in favor of Chris Carter. That is what we've seen in the past, and that is why relievers can get by on two pitches whereas starters simply can't. He only allowed three hits through the first eight innings, and they were all leadoff infield singles in the fifth, sixth and seventh inning.

Gonzalez didn't get the shutout, but he turned in the best start by a White Sox pitcher on the season regardless. We can play the "what if" game here - if Kozma makes that play and turns it into a double play, Severino could've been out of the inning unscathed.

- Scott Merkin of MLB.com reported Rick Renteria managed the game from the dugout with crutches due to knee soreness.

Yankees: SS Didi Gregorius (right shoulder strain) could play in a simulated game in the next few days.

And on the day their top minor league pitching prospect, James Kaprielian, underwent Tommy John surgery, this was most welcome news for the Yankees.

Chicago will now head to the "Big Apple" to take on the surging New York Yankees.

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez prepares to throw during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in New York.

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