CHICAGO — Masahiro Tanaka won for the first time in nearly two months, Miguel Andujar had a memorable big Custom 49ers Jersey league debut and Aaron Judge shattered yet another Statcast™ mark as the Yankees broke out for a 12-3 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Tanaka built off one of his best outings of the season with another solid performance, holding the White Sox to two runs over six innings on 101 pitches. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the second unscathed before allowing a pair of runs in the fifth on Melky Cabrera’s bases-loaded single, but Tanaka rebounded by striking out the side in his final frame.
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“I don’t think it’s just these two outings, I think my stuff was getting better a little bit before that,” said Tanaka, who picked up his first victory since May 8 at Cincinnati. “I think I’m getting the results now, and that’s always a good thing.”
New York blew the game open in a five-run sixth inning that included RBI doubles from Tyler Wade — his first career hit — and Ronald Torreyes before Judge launched a two-run laser into the left-field bleachers.
Didi Gregorius added a two-run homer and Andujar smacked a two-run double in the ninth off Michael Ynoa to cap the explosion, handing the White Sox an eighth loss in their last 10 games. Andujar finished with three hits and four RBIs.
“It was awesome, especially Andujar coming up big,” Judge said. “Just incredible. Your first Major League at-bat, you’re coming up bases loaded. He acted like a veteran out there. He seemed like he’d been there before. It’s fun to watch.”
White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon struggled with command in his first outing of the year, walking six and passing Edinson Volquez for the most pitches thrown this season while having more balls than strikes with 41 strikes out of his 93 pitches. Despite Rodon’s erratic performance — including a three-run first inning — he was able to settle in and toss five innings while allowing just three unearned runs.
“Great stuff, great life, but the goal is to put it in the zone and let them swing it to get guys out early,” Rodon said. “That’s not what happened. I’ll get back to that. I was going a little fast in the first, but it was good to be out there. Next time out, it’ll hopefully be a little better. Arm feels good, body feels good, all you can ask for.”
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Off the back foot: Rodon struggled with his command early but could have made it out of the first inning scoreless. After a leadoff walk, Rodon blistered a 95.5 mph fastball past Judge for a strikeout and got Gary Sanchez to fly out to center before inducing what appeared to be an inning-ending grounder to short. White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson’s 18th error — most in the Majors among shortstops — led to a three-run first inning.
“[Rodon] started off a little rough, obviously and got some high pitch counts, and we had the play with Didi that backed up Timmy and he threw it high,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “We just had to get through the inning. Obviously, we gave up three runs in that particular inning.”
All rise in Chicago: Judge expanded on his Major League lead with his 27th home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning off Jake Petricka that made it 8-2. It had a measured exit velocity of 115.2 mph, marking Judge’s sixth homer of 115 mph or more this season, and served as the perfect response to a loud crew of fans who spent the first five innings razzing the rookie star in right field.
“I just like having some fun with the fans,” Judge said. “They were heckling me pretty good out there. I’m not going to say anything to them, I just gave them a little peek when I was rounding the bases. Just having some fun with them. They were razzing me when I got back out there. It was pretty cool.”
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• Cabrera recorded his sixth outfield assist of the season in the third inning, cutting down Chase Headley at the plate after Andujar’s single to end the frame. The throw, tracked at 94.4 mph according to Statcast™, was the second-hardest of his 52 tracked throws this season and his hardest-thrown assist.
• With his fifth-inning walk, Judge became the first Yankees rookie to reach base in 30 consecutive games since Charlie Keller reached in 40 straight in 1939, according to Elias.
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White Sox right fielder Avisail Custom Nationals Jersey Garcia left in the top of the ninth with left knee soreness, the club announced. He is listed day-to-day and will undergo an MRI on Thursday. Garcia was 0-for-2 with a hit by pitch and a walk before exiting. The 26-year-old was hit on a hand in the fifth inning but remained in the game. While on the basepaths in the seventh, he said he injured himself diving back into first base. Garcia, a likely All-Star, was in the midst of an 0-for-19 and 1-for-23 stretch at the plate.
Renteria was tossed during a mound visit following Torreyes’ RBI double in the sixth inning, drawing the ire of home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt for arguing balls and strikes. It was Renteria’s Personalized Chargers Jersey fifth ejection of the season and third in six games this homestand, moving him ahead of Marlins skipper Don Mattingly for most among managers this year. It was also the 11th of Renteria’s career. Petricka was ejected while coming off the mound at the end of the inning, his first career ejection. He joined Garcia, Todd Frazier and Anderson as White Sox players with their first career ejections this season.
“There’s really not a whole lot to say, to be honest,” Renteria said. “There wasn’t a lot said. I’m sure I’m going to deal with it here in the next 24 to 48 hours but there wasn’t much said.”
Yankees: Luis Cessa (0-2, 6.57 ERA) will make his third start of the year on Thursday as the Yankees and White Sox complete their four-game series at 8:10 p.m. ET. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out a career-high eight in his last
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White Sox: James Shields (1-1, 4.26) makes his third start since coming off his first career DL stint due to a strained right lat, and the right-hander is coming off his worst outing of the year. He allowed six runs in a loss to Oakland in his first game of the year with multiple home runs allowed. The series finale is scheduled for
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