LADY AT THE BAT: Andujar, Tanaka Lead Yankees Past White Sox

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Andujar, Tanaka Lead Yankees Past White Sox

It was a nice bounce-back win. After the worst loss of the year, the Yankees looked like they were out for revenge last night, pounding the White Sox 12-3. Revenge or not, there were a lot of story lines in this one.

The major ones:

Miguel Andujar's MLB debut. After the kid tweeted a picture of himself on a plane earlier in the day saying he was headed to the Big Leagues, Yankees Universe went crazy. Andujar remained sane, especially during the game, going 3-4 with 4 RBIs and a stolen base. It was the best debut by a Yankee. Ever. I keep wondering if, had he been healthy, would Gleyber Torres have been the one making his debut last night. Probably not. Andujar will be used mainly as a DH while Matt Holliday is on the DL. Torres will be used for more than that once he finally arrives.

Masahiro Tanaka's second straight good start. He wasn't as dominating as his previous start, against Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers, but the key thing is that he pitched well for a second straight outing. Hopefully his troubles are now behind him. It couldn't have come at a better time, what with all the injuries and the low point of the bullpen.

Another Aaron Judge home run gives him a Major League-leading 27 for the season. Judge's approach at the plate has a lot to do with that success. Every time you turn around he's in a 3-2 count. Looking at the bigger picture, the other Baby Bombers, including Tyler Wade, appear to be following suit. 

Then there is Gary Sanchez. The rare in-game coaching from Joe Girardi didn't raise my eyebrows the way it seemed to do for others. What I thought was a red flag was Sanchez's failure to run hard to first base after hitting into what turned out to be a double play. After the game, Girardi blamed it on Sanchez's groin injury, saying that, since it was still bothering him, he would have to manage it if he wanted to play. Hence, the slow jog to first. Wow. When is he supposed to bust it to first base? When something's on the line, I guess, tying run at third, that sort of thing. Again, wow.

They go for the series win tonight, a match-up between Luis Cessa and James Shields. I can't see the Yankees having a problem with Shields, even if Cessa pitches the way he's been pitching. But, of course, you can't predict these things.

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