CHICAGO — The Yankees nonetheless have some work to do to ensure they’re nonetheless taking part in in October.
If they get there, although, they’re displaying how harmful they may be — if not additionally stress-inducing.
With Sunday’s 5-3 win at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Yankees had been only a Zack Britton implosion away to ending the season sequence 6-0 towards the first-place White Sox.
Of course, the Yankees determine to look significantly completely different each down the stretch and through the playoffs.
After Luke Voit gave the Yankees a four-run cushion with a two-run homer within the prime of the ninth, Lucas Luetge entered within the backside of the inning and walked Yoan Moncada and gave up a single to Luis Robert to start out.
Shortstop Andrew Velazquez made a superb catch for the primary out earlier than Zack Collins hit a fly ball to deep proper that Aaron Judge couldn’t observe down. It went for a run-scoring double, and Wandy Peralta got here in.
Peralta then allowed an RBI infield hit to Tim Anderson earlier than Cesar Hernandez hit right into a game-ending double play, because the Yankees moved to 13 video games over .500 for the primary time for the reason that finish of the 2019 season.
And it occurred partly due to one other glorious begin from Nestor Cortes Jr., who allowed only one run over six innings.
The awkward-throwing lefty has been efficient in three of his final 4 begins, at the same time as his function going ahead is unclear with the potential return of Gerrit Cole, Jordan Montgomery and Domingo German quickly — and maybe others like Luis Severino earlier than the tip of the 12 months.
And the offense acquired a pair of two-run homers, the primary from Rougned Odor and the opposite by Voit, whereas Stephen Ridings, Jonathan Loaisiga, Luetge and Peralta completed the sport on the mound.
Velazquez helped forestall a possible ninth-inning rally with a terrific operating catch in shallow proper subject on a Jake Lamb pop-up that appeared destined to fall in for a bloop hit for the primary out of the inning.
The lineup was particularly efficient towards Chicago right-hander Lucas Giolito, who wanted 101 pitches to get via 4 innings.
It began within the first, because the Yankees compelled Giolito to throw 33 pitching within the scoreless body.
The Yankees began off with some glorious protection within the backside of the inning, with Cortes snaring Anderson’s line drive proper at him and Odor making an ideal play on a Hernandez bunt towards third for the second out.
But after Jose Abreu’s bloop single to heart, Eloy Jimenez’s base hit to proper grew to become thrilling when Judge’s throw to 3rd was inaccurate. It didn’t get far sufficient away to attain Abreu, however Jimenez acquired to second on the error.
But Cortes made one other strong play on the mound on Andrew Vaughn’s comebacker.
The Yankees took a three-run lead within the second. After Voit’s leadoff single, Odor hit his 14th homer of the season to make it 2-0.
Kyle Higashioka and Tyler Wade struck out after which DJ LeMahieu singled to left. Brett Gardner adopted with successful to proper, fielded by second baseman Hernandez. As Gardner tried to stretch for a double, Hernandez’s throw acquired away from Anderson at second, which allowed LeMahieu to attain the third run of the inning.
Chicago put runners on the corners with two out within the third, however Tyler Wade made a high quality play on a Vaughn grounder up the center for the drive out.
On the opposite facet, Cortes rolled via 5 innings till Vaughn took him deep to left with one out within the sixth, chopping the Yankees’ result in 3-1.
It was the one run allowed by Cortes earlier than he was changed by Ridings to start out the underside of the seventh.
Ridings walked pinch-hitter Lamb on 4 pitches, however recovered to toss a scoreless inning.
Ridings additionally walked Hernandez to guide off the eighth and was eliminated for Loaisiga, who acquired Abreu to floor right into a drive out after which struck Jimenez out trying — which led to White Sox supervisor Tony LaRussa getting ejected for arguing the decision.
Loaisiga completed the inning with a Vaughn pop-out.