Thursday night, the long-awaited Field of Dreams game took place in Dyersville, Iowa. The New York Yankees faced the Chicago White Sox in that epic game. I predicted that the Yankees would lose that game because both the pitching and lineup stats comparison said so. What I didn’t predict was that it would be a ninth-inning heartbreaking loss.
Nevertheless, disregarding the outcome, it was a wonderful game in a beautiful iconic setting in the cornfields of Iowa that will not be soon forgotten by any of the players who played in it or those in the stands or watching television. The Yankees had two more games against the White Sox that will be played on the south side of Chicago. Last night in the first of those two games Jameson Taillon faced Dylan Cease. The Yankees won the game 7-5 in the tenth inning.
Another quality start for Taillon
Over the past six weeks, Jameson Taillon has been the best Yankee pitcher, even though he hasn’t received the win in all of the games. The New York Yankees have won 9 of his last 10 starts. He has given up an average of 1.5 runs per game during the span while striking out 53 opponents. Last night although not as sharp, Taillon kept the Yankees in the game, giving up three earned runs while striking out only four.
The New York Yankees have a real problem with temporary closer Zack Britton. He hasn’t been good of late. On Friday, he said that he shouldn’t be closing games with the way he has been pitching. But in the ninth, when Chad Green gave up two runs, Boone called in Britton to put out the fire, while recording only one out, gave up another run tying up the game. So ironically, Green got the win when the Yankees powered their way to a win in the top of the tenth.
Joey Gallo breaks through
It’s no secret that since Joey Gallo has come to the New York Yankees before the trade deadline, he has had a languid start as a new Yankee. The power hitter leading into last night only had a batting average of .140 with one home run over 14 games. However, last night Gallo showed the Yankee fans what he could do; he went 2 for 4 powering the Yankees to a win with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs.
Gallo wasn’t alone in his assault of the White Sox, slugger Aaron Judge also hit a home run against Kimbrel in the tenth. Judge went 3 for 4 in the game. Tyler Wade continued his torrid play.
Reinforcements on the way
This may very well be an exciting week for the Yankees. The Yankees will see the return of Anthony Rizzo to the lineup sometime this week. Also, Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery threw bullpen sessions in Chicago yesterday, and Aaron Boone said that all went well. It could mean that they will both pitch in the Red Sox series at Yankee Stadium next week, at the very least the following Twins series.
Yankee injury updates
The Yankees over the past few weeks have been riddled with injuries and players testing positive for the coronavirus. However, many of the Covid case players will be returning soon.
Luis Severino was set to have a rehab game on Friday, but it didn’t take place. Reportedly Scranton Wilkes/Barre manager Doug Davis told reporters on hand that Severino “didn’t feel right” in warmups and was scratched just before the game. Although he is scheduled to see a doctor and get an MRI, it is assumed to be only precautionary. In addition, the situation involved his shoulder, not the elbow.
Gio Urshela (hamstring) went to the IL on August 3rd. He was projected to return to the club at the end of the 10 days, but a setback has prevented that. Manager Boone said it is not serious but couldn’t give a timeline for his return. Also, Gleyber Torres, after jamming his finger, sliding into second base is not expected back before next weekend.
Next weekend, Aroldis Chapman (elbow) and Domingo German (shoulder) should be back with the team. German threw a successful bullpen last Thursday and may have a rehab start with Somerset as early as Monday.
Note: A matinee today at 2:10 pm will be the final game of the White Sox series. Nestor Cortes Jr. will be on the mound for the Yankees and the White Sox Ace Lucas Giolito for the Sox. The game will be on the YES Network, NBCSCH, and TBS out of market.