Yanks Crush ChiSox. 4 Reasons Why NY 7 Chi 0 on 5-22-21

Gerrit Cole got the help of 4 (four) double plays and then turned on the smoke late to pitch 7 shutout innings, and the Yankee offense beasted for 7 runs on 11 hits in this coaster of a win on a beautiful Saturday afternoon game at The Stadium.

It was NY’s second straight win over the AL Central leading White Sox, guaranteeing NY a win of the 3-game series. NY vaulted to a 27-19 record (still 1.5 behind the Red Sox after Boston won in the evening); Chicago fell to 26-18.


1. Cole 7 Shutout Innings Helped by Double Plays

Gerrit Cole’s start was amazing — but not in the usual way. He kept allowing leadoff walks or singles, and kept getting out of it with a double play. In 7 shutout innings, he got 4 double plays and almost a 5th — as he was getting a ton of groundball outs in general.

  1. In the 2nd, Jose Abreu led off with a single, but Yermin Mercedes hit into a 3rd-to-2nd-to-1st double play — Gio Urshela-to-Rougned Odor-to-Mike Ford.
  2. In the 3rd, Andrew Vaughn led off with a walk, but centerfielder Leury Garcia grounded into a double play — a hard grounder to 1st was picked by Ford, who stepped on the bag and threw a strike to 2nd where Gleyber Torres applied the tag. It was a Huge double play because Cole then allowed a single to Nick Madrigal and walked Tim Anderson before striking out Adam Eaton looking.
  3. In the 4th, with the score still 0-0, Cole walked the leadoff batter Yoan Moncada, but struck out Abreu and got Mercedes to ground into a 3rd-to-2nd-to-1st double play.
  4. In the 6th, with NY now up 5-0, Tim Anderson got a 1-out single, but Eaton hit into a 2nd-to-shortstop-to-1st double play.

  • In the 7th, with NY now up 6-0, Abreu got a 1-out single, but Mercedes hit a double-play grounder to 3rd — unfortunately Rougned Odor dropped the throw from Gio Urshela and all were safe.
  • At that point Cole seemed to say “fuck it” and struck out the next two batters to end the inning. The last pitch a 100.8 MPH fastball, at pitch #95 on the afternoon.

Cole finished with a line of 7 innings, 4 hits, 7 strikeouts, 3 walks, 10 ground ball outs (4 of them double plays), 1 fly out. He is now 6-2 1.81 on the season.

2. Gleyber Day

Gleyber Torres was the hitting star again. In the previous game he got the go-ahead homer and the walk-off hit. In this game, he went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI and raised his average to .268.

The White Sox threw Dylan Cease at the Yanks, a 25-yr-old, 6’2 right hander who is known for his 98 MPH high heater and came in 2-0 2.41. Cease looked good through the first 3 innings of shutout ball. But the Yanks got to him the 2nd time thru the lineup in the 4th:

  • Aaron Judge singled,
  • Gio Urshela walked, and
  • Gleyber Torres doubled to deep center to give NY a 2-0 lead.

  • Rougned Odor then doubled to deep center to make it 3-0 NY.

Cole got 3 straight outs on 11 pitches in the top of the 5th — and Cease was right back to the hill for the top of the 6th, when:

  • Luke Voit led off with a single,
  • Brett Gardner singled,
  • Aaron Judge struck out but Gio Urshela walked and Cease was gone, replaced by Foster.
  • Gleyber Torres came up with bases loaded, 1-out, and ripped a 2-RBI single to left — NY 5 Chicago 0.

3. Ford Bomb

Mike Ford added to the fun in the bottom of the 6th with a MASSIVE BOMB to the middle of the bleachers in right field.

Ford went 1-3 on the day with a walk, made that great play to start a key double play in the 2nd (above), and was involved in the 4 double plays in general — he could sleep well after the game.

Gleyber Torres led off the 7th with a single and Miguel Andujar doubled to deep center to drive him in for a 7-0 lead and the old ballgame.

4. Bullpen Cleans Up

Justin Wilson pitched a shutout 8th — helped by Gio Urshela who threw out Madrigal at home on a grounder; Madigral had reached 3rd on a 1-out triple that Andujar misplayed in left field.

And Luis Cessa pitched an uneventful 1-2-3 ninth to lower his ERA to 3.00.


Aaron Judge continues red hot — 2-4 with a walk to raise his average to .307.

Brett Gardner went 2-4 as the centerfielder. Great that the Yankees resigned him.

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