Well that Was Easy — June 16, 2019: Yankees 10 White Sox 3

When you get good pitching, and good offense, it is easy to win a baseball game. After losing the first 2 games of this 4-game set vs the White Sox, the Yankees pummeled them the final 2 games — winning on this Father’s Day Sunday in Chicago, 10-3.

James Paxton was great. Yankee Twitter had been crapping all over him the last month — being out with injury and then returning and not pitching too well. But it looks like his knee is feeling better and he’s getting his rhythm.

And when you write “Yankee Twitter” — obviously it’s a generalization as there are 3 million people following the @Yankees on twitter — that’s 3 million different opinions, and many, many Yankee fans no doubt had plenty of faith in Paxton despite the rough stretch. Even when Paxton allowed the homerun to Jose Abreu in the 2nd inning to make it 1-0 White Sox.

The Offense

The Yankees threatened against Sox starter Odrisamer Despaigne immediately — DJ LeMahieu led off the game with a single and Luke Voit singled him to 3rd with nobody out. But the Yanks failed to score in the 1st as Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier struck out, and Brett Gardner lined out.

But it was just a matter of time. That time came in the 3rd — when with bases loaded, 2 out, the Yanks got singles by Gardner, Gio Urshela, and Austin Romine to plate 5 runs and make it 5-1.

The Yanks made it 7-1 in the 5th on a 2-run double by Romine and that was ballgame. Cameron Maybin added a homer in the 7th. Gardner and Romine had 4 RBI’s each.

Paxton pitched 6 strong innings to go 4-3 3.93. Adam Ottavino, David Hale, and Zach Britton pitched an inning each of relief.

Down Goes Frazier

After the game, Clint Frazier (who went 1 for 5 in the cleanup role) was sent to the minors as Edwin Encarnacion (AL leader in homeruns) was added to the roster. With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton due back any day, this was a numbers game — Aaron Boone said they preferred Frazier to continue to get at bats vs being on the bench with the big club. Frazier — batting .283 with 11 homers in 191 at bats — has been one of the hottest hitting Yankees the last month. Kind of insane — this Yankee team — as a Yankee fan for a very long time I’ve never seen anything like this — sending a hot hitter batting .283 with power to the minors because there’s no room for him.

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