The New York Yankees went into last night’s finale with the Chicago White Sox hoping for a sweep after two successful starts against the AL Central’s top team. And a sweep is what they got, it wasn’t easy, but nevertheless, they got their second sweep of the season. Annoyingly the Sox kept fighting back, but in the end, a Walk-off walk did them in. The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Chicago White Sox 4.
Going into the ninth inning, the Yankees had gone 23-0 after leading in the eighth inning, and it took a walk-off walk by Aaron Judge in the bottom of the ninth to make it 24-0 after eight. It was Aaron Judge’s first walk-off win of his career.
Jameson Taillon got the job done
Jameson Taillon found out early in the game that his four-seam fastball was working, and he stuck with it getting swings and misses on 9 of ten fastballs. He threw in a few sliders and curves to keep the White Sox hitters off-balance, but it was the fastball he was finishing hitters off with.
Taillon pitched five quality innings striking out four but only issuing two hits in the outing, and no White Sox runs. After he was replaced in the six-inning with only 80 pitches, the Yankee bullpen gave up four runs, but the Yankee lineup was alive and, in the end, outscored the AL central leading team to complete their second sweep of the season and their ninth series win in a row.
The damn White Sox kept fighting back
Going into the three-game series, the New York Yankees knew they would have their hands full getting a series win over the AL Central-leading White Sox, but they did it. They took the first game in a pitching duel 2-1. In the second game, they shut out the mid-west team 7-0. Last night’s game was a struggle because every time the Yankee got the lead in the game, the Sox would come back. Finally, in the top of the ninth inning, they tied the game back up. But ultimately in the bottom of the inning, the Yankees got the last laugh.
Aroldis Chapman blew his first save but got the win
Aroldis Chapman has been a different pitcher this season, incorporating into his arsenal a new splitter, and in doing so, he saved 11 straight saves without giving up a run. But last night, he wasn’t perfect; he gave up a homer to Andrew Vaughn at the top of the ninth, blowing his first save of the season. He may have blown the save but ended up getting the win in the game when Aaron Judge came to the plate with the bases loaded against one of the best closers in the game; Liam Hendriks walked him for the walk-off walk and sweep for the New York Yankees.