South Side Report: Sox split series with Yankees as All-Star break nears 

By Pat Blaha:  
Last Monday, June 26, The White Sox kicked off their four game series against The Yankees. The White Sox took two out of the four games in the series against the Yankees. In game one, the Sox had a 1-0 lead over the Yankees, until the fourth inning when Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge scored to tie the game and eventually the Yankees took the lead at 3-1. Moving in to the fifth inning, David Holmberg let up another three runs to the Yankees putting them even farther ahead at 6-1. However, White Sox Shortstop, Tim Anderson belted a three-run homer, closing the deficit to 6-4. The Sox scored another run off of Aroldis Chapman, but couldn’t manage to eek their way past the Yankees and lost 6-5.

 On Tuesday, the Sox lead the Yankees 1-0, all the way through the top of the eighth. However, Aaron Judge hit an RBI single along with Gary Sanchez’s double that put the Yankees ahead of the White Sox at 3-1. Shifting to the bottom of the eighth inning, the Sox scored a run from a walk while bases were loaded with two outs. Fortunately, the White Sox managed to secure their comeback victory in the bottom of the ninth from a two-run single from Jose Abreu, leaving the Sox with a 4-3 victory over the Yankees and putting an end to their four-game loosing streak from previous series against Oakland.

 This White Sox victory was to be short lived, as they were smoked by the Yankees with a score of 12-3 on Wednesday, June 28. In the final game of the series the Sox, once again, came out on top of the Yankees with a score of 4-3. The game was on a rain delay for close to three hours, but eventually went under way. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Dustin Fowler sustained a knee injury in the bottom of the first, ending his season on his debut game for the Yankees. The Sox and Yankees were tied in the bottom of the fourth with a score of 2-2, when White Sox right fielder, Willy Garcia, hit an RBI double that put the Sox up 4-2. In the fifth, Melky Cabrera made a sly catch that robbed Aaron Judge of a single run homer. Closing in on the bottom of the ninth, Aaron Judge had a tying on first, but was struck out by Robertson and the White Sox walked away with 2 wins in the series.

 Notably, White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia has been selected to represent the White Sox on the American League team in the All-Star game on July 11. Garcia has a solid batting average of .317, as well as, a 51 RBI’s and 11 homeruns this season with the Sox. Avisail is beyond excited for this opportunity and the White Sox organization couldn’t be happier to have him represent the ball club in the 2017 MLB All-Star game in Miami.

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