Chicago – The Yankees answered the challenge.
After the White Sox equalized in seventh, the Bombers rallied seven runs in the eighth and another 15-7 blow-out victory in the ninth at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday.
The Yankees (23-8) have won four games in a row and lead 16-2 in their last 18 games. He scored a season-high 15 runs on a season-high 15 hits and holds the best record in baseball, despite being struck out 14 times.
After Joe Kelly went on loaded bases with two outs in the eighth, Aaron Judge hit a grounder to shortstop and beat a throw from Tim Anderson. Not only did it give Marvin Gonzalez a chance to score from third, but Gleber Torres, who walked as a pinch hitter, never gave up and surprised the White Sox by scoring from second.
Giancarlo Stanton, who finished with a career-high six RBI, singled in two more and Josh Donaldson struck with a three-run homer.
That rally saved the night from a big mistake from Jonathan Loisiga’s seventh inning.
The right-handed batsman, who switched over to the Yankees last season, struggled this season and became an issue on Thursday night. He dropped a three-run, game-tying homer to Yoan Moncada in the seventh. This season he allowed a third inning in 13.2 innings, but last season he leveled in 70.2 innings overall.
Stanton had the 35th multi-home run game of his career, and his first game of the season. Five of his nine home runs this season have gone into opposite territory. He has seven home runs that are either tied or given the Yankees an edge in the game, the most among the major leagues.
Judge completely crushed the 456-foot home run for his major league-leading 11th home run in the seventh. He scored four runs with a sacrificial fly in the ninth on Thursday. In his last 15 matches, Judge has scored 20 for 61 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs.
Stanton hit his eighth home run of the season and the first run of the night in the first innings. His two-run shot into the right-field seats scored DJ Lemahieu and gave the young starter a 2-0 lead to do the work. After Louis Gill faltered and the White Sox took the lead in second, Stanton stepped up and took it back for the Yankees. He hammered another two-run homer into the right-field seats.
Anthony Rizzo, who had a mixed reaction in Chicago for the first time since leaving the Cubs, tripled in a run in the third when his hard-hitting ground ball flew off first base and swung around into a right-field corner . LeMahieu doubled in another run in the fourth.
Gill, getting off to a good start as the Yankees stretch to 23 games in 22 days, has been allowed four earned runs through four innings. He dropped five hits, walked two and hit five. Gill showed promise and talent, which is why he is considered close to the big leagues and showed why he still needed time in the minors. He faced two of the first three batsmen and then got into trouble in the second. He left a fastball Louis Robert on the plate for a single and reacted by driving Yasmani Grendel on four straight pitches outside the field. He conceded a one each to AJ Pollock, an RBI-single and a two-run single to Leuri Garcia.
He loaded the bases with one in the fourth and the White Sox scored on a wild pitch for which catcher Kyle Higashioka had to jump.
The Yankees knew that Gill was struggling in the minors. Through five starts, Gill has a 9.53 ERA. He scored 25 runs and scored 12 runs in 17 innings. His last debut, May 5, saw Gill scoring two earned runs and nine runs in the work of five innings. Pitching coach Matt Blake said he “wrestled” with bringing him in for this start, but was encouraged by his last start.
Gill got people excited last year when he didn’t miss a run through his first three starts in the big leagues. He made six emergency starts for the Yankees as he dealt with injuries and finished with a 3.07 ERA. He scored 38 runs in 29.1 pitched innings, but also scored 19 runs.