Yankees: Good news and bad news in triple-play victory over White Sox

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

The New York Yankees defeated the Chicago White Sox on Friday by a score of 2-1, and the ninth-inning was simply mesmerizing. As the Yankees looked to close out the game, on the heels of a no-hitter by Corey Kluber, the Bombers executed another improbable event, a triple play.

Tied 1-1 at the top of the ninth, the Yankees were trying to work their way out of a tough spot with two runners in scoring position. A ground ball to Gio Urshela sparked an incredible moment, as it was one of the cleanest triple plays I’ve ever seen. The ball went around the horn quickly and smoothly without any issues, finalizing and spurring a last-minute spark plug for a team fighting to extract a win against a solid Chicago team.

Offensively, the Yankees struck out 15 times, recording eight hits and two runs. It was an unfortunate day for the offense, which has struggled as of late. Over the past three games, the Yankees have scored a measly six runs but managed to secure the win nonetheless.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

Let’s focus on the biggest moment of the evening, the triple play. Ranging from Aaron Boone to Aroldis Chapman, the team was ecstatic and excited by the moment, essentially saving the game with no outs and two runners on.

“Vaughn hit the ball pretty hard, and I’m right in line with Gio there,” manager Aaron Boone said. “How (Vaughn) hit it, right away it popped into my head actually. And Gio being as instinctive as he is obviously did the right thing, quickly stepped on the bag, threw a strike to Rougie who really turned it over well to really finish off a special play and get us out of trouble there, especially when (pinch runner Billy) Hamilton comes into the game, the threat he is.

As for the pitching, starter Jordan Montgomery had a phenomenal outing, allowing just four hits and striking out 11 batters over 7.0 innings. He brought his ERA down to 4.07 and hopefully sparked a momentum change against a good White Sox team.
The relief was a bit spotty, but thanks to stellar defense, they got the job done at the end of the day. Yankees are still working through injuries in the outfield, as they started Andujar in left field and Brett Gardner in center. Hopefully, they will gain back Clint Frazier in the coming days after dealing with a neck injury.
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