Cole fails, Boone gets tossed up as Yankees lose 5-1 in Chicago

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New York Yankees 1, Chicago White Sox 5

CHICAGO — Andrew Vaughn delivered a two-run home run and executed a remarkable run-saving play while stationed at first base. These contributions were instrumental in propelling the Chicago White Sox to a 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night, securing their third consecutive win.

Contributing to the White Sox’s commanding lead, Luis Robert Jr. delivered a two-run double during the team’s three-run eighth inning. This pivotal hit played a key role in breaking open the game. Additionally, Andrew Benintendi brought Trayce Thompson home with a sacrifice fly, further solidifying their advantage.

In his return to the field following a six-game suspension for his involvement in a altercation with Cleveland’s José Ramírez, Chicago’s shortstop Tim Anderson faced some challenges, going 0 for 2 with two strikeouts. Unfortunately, Anderson’s performance was hindered by a bruised left forearm, forcing him to leave the game prematurely. It’s worth noting that he is currently in the process of appealing the imposed suspension.

On Monday night, White Sox manager Pedro Grifol fulfilled his one-game suspension.

The Yankees struggled with runners in scoring position, managing only a 1-for-12 record, and left a total of 13 runners stranded on base. This marked their third loss in four games.

Not since April 2016 had New York left 12 or more runners stranded in back-to-back games. In the previous match, a 9-7 loss to Houston on Sunday, the team went 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left a staggering 15 runners on base.

Yankees’ standout pitcher Gerrit Cole (10-3) conceded four runs and yielded five hits across seven-plus innings. His performance included three strikeouts, two walks, and hitting a batter.

This marked the first occasion this season where Cole experienced a defeat when taking the mound immediately after a Yankees loss.

White Sox right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease (5-5) equaled his personal record with seven walks during 5 1/3 innings without conceding any runs. Despite the high walk count, he managed to strike out six batters and surrendered only one hit. His time on the mound concluded when DJ LeMahieu singled, leading to his substitution by Brent Honeywell.

Bryan Shaw took the mound for two innings, securing his inaugural save of the season.

Plate umpire Laz Diaz ejected New York manager Aaron Boone from the game following a called strikeout on Anthony Volpe in the eighth inning. Subsequently, Boone dashed to home plate and staged a dramatic display, vigorously gesturing and waving his arms to visually illustrate his perspective on the strike zone’s proper location.

In the second inning, Vaughn propelled Chicago into a 2-0 lead with his 15th home run, a shot to the right-center field.

Following Cease’s replacement by Honeywell, Harrison Bader and Volpe hit singles, filling the bases. As a pinch-hitter, Isiah Kiner-Falefa sent a fly ball to right for the second out. However, Jake Bauers followed with a powerful hit down the first-base line.

Diving swiftly, Vaughn skillfully caught the ball and narrowly outpaced Bauers to the base, safeguarding Chicago’s 2-0 advantage.

In the seventh inning, New York managed to load the bases against Lane Ramsey. Billy McKinney‘s sacrifice fly to center narrowed the score to 2-1, yet Ramsey responded by striking out LeMahieu and Harrison Bader consecutively.

Concluding yet another disappointing season, the White Sox advanced to an 8-14 record since the All-Star break. Prior to the game, the team’s management dismissed allegations made by former reliever Keynan Middleton, who claimed that the struggling team operated with a culture characterized by “no rules.” These accusations included instances of a rookie reliever consistently dozing off during games and other players failing to attend meetings and practices.

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On Tuesday, Yankees right-handed pitcher Clarke Schmidt (7-6, 4.35 ERA) is set to square off against White Sox right-handed pitcher Touki Toussaint (1-3, 3.82 ERA).

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