LeMahieu Grand Slam Beats “Jackie” & the ChiSox. NY 7 Chicago 5

DJ LeMahieu hit a Grand Slam in the 2nd inning against Dallas Keuchel, and Clay Holmes was brought in to close instead of Aroldis Chapman — and pitched a lights-out 9th — to carry NY to the 7-5 victory.

There was a dustup in the game in the bottom of the 5th, when White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal had words with Josh Donaldson at the plate, because Donaldson had called Tim Anderson “Jackie” twice earlier in the game. Tim Anderson ran toward home plate and the benches cleared with players needing to be separated.

Donaldson said afterwards he was busting Anderson’s chops for Anderson once saying ‘he was the new Jackie Robinson of baseball; he was going to bring back fun’ in a 2019 Sports Illustrated article. Donaldson said he’s joked with Anderson on this in the past, when they played against each other when Donaldson played for Atlanta.

Anderson, when interviewed after the game, never mentioned he once called himself the new Jackie Robinson — and instead blamed the comment on racism by Donaldson.

False accusations of racism are extremely dangerous and one would think Anderson remembers he once referred to himself as the next Jackie Robinson and that might be where Donaldson’s dig was coming from. One would think Anderson would have mentioned that in his answer but he didn’t, and the reporters didn’t question him on it.

1. LeMahieu Grand

The Yanks got revenge against Dallas Keuchel who shut them out last week — pouncing on him in the 2nd inning for 5 runs.

Giancarlo Stanton started it by RIPPING a single through the infield to left — the first of 3 singles he hit on the day.

Gleyber Torres and Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed with singles for a run and Aaron Hicks walked to load the bases.

DJ LeMahieu then hit an opposite field homer to right just over the wall for the Grand Slam and 5-0 lead.

2. Cortes Gets the Win

Nestor Cortes Jr started for the Yanks. Staked to the 5-0 lead in the 2nd, he allowed a 3-run homer to Jose Abreu in the 3rd to make it 5-3.

Cortes pitched a shutout 4th, courtesy of a double play to end the inning, and then emptied the tank in the 5th — striking out the side.

2. King Gets Hit

Michael King came in for the 6th and got hit — allowing 3 doubles (to AJ Pollock, Leury Garcia, and Josh Harrison) and a walk before getting out of the inning with the Yanks clinging to a 6-5 lead.

3. Yankee Insurance Run

The Yanks loaded the bases with 1 out in the bottom of the 6th on two walks and an infield single by Aaron Judge. Anthony Rizzo fell behind 0-2 but then fouled off a bunch of pitches before lifting a sac fly for a run to make it 7-5 NY. A great at bat by Rizzo.

4. Loaisiga Strikes Out 3

Jonathan Loasiga pitched the 7th — allowing a leadoff single then a fielder’s choice but the runner was called safe at 2nd on the challenge. With 1st and 2nd nobody out the game hung in the balance — and Loaisiga proceeded to strike out the next 3 batters — Grandal, Pollock, and Garcia.

5. Holmes the Closer

Miguel Castro got two outs in the 8th but with a runner on, manager Aaron Boone called for Clay Holmes — who got the last out of the inning and then pitched the 9th — not Aroldis Chapman.

Holmes and his FILTHY sinker threw a 1-2-3 9th inning for the old ballgame.

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