Chicago White Sox starter Vince Velasquez was dismissed without a score in the first innings against the New York Yankees on Friday.
Standing in his way: Hot-hitting Giancarlo Stanton.
The cleanup hitter continued his tear with a two-run home run, his third of the series.
Velasquez surrendered three homers in five innings as the Yankees defeated the Sox 10-4 in front of 28,877 at a guaranteed rate field.
“Just starting out, I didn’t come out as hot as I expected,” Velasquez said. “The last two outings (against the Los Angeles Angels and the Boston Red Sox) have been really called off. It’s like I was out of sync from the start.
“This team is very selective when it comes to figuring out what they like and if you don’t execute, they’re going to capitalize.”
The Yankees finished with four home runs – two-run blasts from Stanton and Josh Donaldson and single homers by Aaron Judge and Joey Gallo – and won for the 17th time in 19 games.
Gavin Sheets hit a two-run homer for the Sox, who lost for the third time in four games.
Stanton hit two runs in the first and third innings on Thursday, giving the Yankees a 15-7 win.
He wasted no time contributing again on Friday. The judge drew a one-out walk and Stanton went home with two outs.
“In the first innings, I didn’t have my slider, I didn’t command the curveball as much as I wanted,” Velasquez said. “With such a large strike zone, I am trying to force contact. It was a matter of sticking to what it was, and I fell short.”
The Sox tried to dig the hole 2-0, loading the base with one under the first.
Sheets was out and Yankees catcher Jose Trevino threw in third to try to get to Tim Anderson. Shortstop dived and made it safely, but third baseman Donaldson tried to nudge him from base.
The benches and bullpen were cleaned for some time.
Once everyone went back to their respective areas, Yankees starter Gerrit Cole dismissed AJ Pollock to avoid a jam without conceding a run.
“He made pitches to get hitters out,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “You have to give him credit.”
The Yankees had four hits – two singles and two doubles – during the second of three runs.
Judge’s single homer in the fourth, his second of the series, made it 6–0. Gallo’s single home run in the fifth gave the Yankees a 7-1 lead.
Velásquez conceded seven runs in five innings on eight hits with four strikes and three walks.
“Look at the standings, see what they’re doing,” Velasquez said of the Yankees, who have the best record in baseball at 24-8. “They’re going to ambush and when you don’t have your best stuff it makes things a little harder.
“But you’re going to have your good days, you’re going to have bad days. It’s just kind of a thing for you to get back on the horse and back to work.”
La Russa lauded “the way (Velasquez) got it out and gave us five (innings).”
Cole conceded three runs on six hits with nine strikeouts and 6⅓ runs. He handed a two-run homer to the Sheets in the sixth.
“He has great things,” Sheets said. “He’s the kind of guy you don’t know what he’s going to throw at you. It could be 100, it could be 82, it could be 88. You just have to battle, you have to grind with him.
“He puts your focus on the plate, because his stuff is great. It’s fun to face people like that. It’s not something you guys see every day. You dress it up, and it’s a good fight.” “
Donaldson’s two-run homer against reliever Matt Foster came during the ninth of three runs. The Sox have allowed 38 runs (30 earned) off 48 hits in the last four games.
“When we were set on fire today, we almost always missed our positions,” La Russa said. “You will see the catcher getting set and the pitch will move to a different place. And this is what a hitter must do, they are supposed to punish it. And he did. ,