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Gonzalez Brilliant in the Bronx

April 18th, 2017 at New York Yankees


Sox Office Smash Hit:
Superman
Miguel Gonzalez took his red cape to Metropolis

Short Take:   Gonzalez tosses gem in the Bronx as Sox beat Yankees 4-1.

The Yankees came into Game 2 of this series on an 8 game winning streak and hotter than any team in baseball. Throw in the fact that the Sox had also lost 14 of the last 16 games they played in the Bronx and you had all the makings of a rebuilding club getting fed to the wood chipper. However, Miguel Gonzalez and a pair of Garcias had other plans as the Sox snapped the Yankees streak and won the game 4-1.  

In the early going this game had the distinct look of a pitcher's duel as it became clear that both Luis Severino and Miguel Gonzalez had their best stuff. Leury Garcia broke up the stalemate by flexing some surprising power muscle. Leury picked on a Severino offering and blasted a high towering drive to right center that just kept carrying over the wall for a HR. This 1-0 lead from Leury gave the slimmest of error margins to Miguel Gonzalez but the way he was throwing tonight, he didn't need a whole bunch more.  

Severino shook off the Leury Garcia HR and continued to carve up the Sox lineup almost as easily as Gonzalez was retiring the Yankees hitters. Severino was pretty impressive mixing his hard biting slider and blazing fastball clocking in at a robust 98mph. The Sox were fortunate that Miguel was on his game tonight. The decisive blow for the Sox offense came in the Top of the 7th. Tim Anderson led off with a sharp line drive single to LF. Melky Cabrera followed it up with what looked to be a sure double play ball to Yankees SS Pete Kozma but he couldn't find the ears on it setting up runners at 1st and 2nd with no outs. The slumping Abreu inexplicably tried to sac bunt the runners over. If Abreu bunting sounds like a bad idea, you would be correct as he popped it up in the infield. Hawk seemed to think this was Abreu's decision to bunt and one that didn't come from the dugout. Regardless of who made the decision, I never want to see my tall, slow footed, 30HR/100RBI power hitter squaring up to bunt regardless of the situation or how bad he is slumping. Never fear though because Avisail Garcia was here to pick up Abreu and save the day for the Sox. Severino hung a slider and Avi didn't miss a stitch, blasting a 3 run HR to deep left center field making it 4-0 Sox. After watching the Yankees punish the Sox for poor defense yesterday, it felt good to see the Sox return the favor and make Kozma and the Yankees pay dearly for the costly error.

Miguel's bid for a complete game fell a bit short as he got into a 1 out jam in the 9th. David Robertson came on in relief and for the first time all season, he didn't have his best stuff. The nasty curveball that Robbie has flashed most of the young season wasn't on display in New York. The Yankees put together a rally that plated 1 run on a bases loaded walk but to his credit, Robertson gutted out the save retiring Judge to end the game on a grounder to Anderson.  

Despite the continued heroics of the apparently reborn Avisail Garcia, this game was all about Miguel Gonzalez. He was absolutely brilliant from start to finish and this was easily the best outing for any Sox starter this year so far. Not only did Miguel keep a red hot Yankees lineup off the board, they barely registered any hard contact off him during his 8 1/3 innings of work. The rebuilding White Sox moved to 7W-6L on the season and continue to be extremely watchable this year despite the shortcomings of the roster. Dylan Covey takes on Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday in the rubber match of this 3 game set in the Bronx.

Game Notes-

-After tonight, Avisail Garcia currently has an .OPS of 1.161 and is hitting .440. Stay hot Avi.

-Miguel Gonzalez final line was 8.1 IP, 4H, 1ER, 1BB, 4Ks

-The Yankees winning streak ended at 8

-David Robertson notched his 4th save

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 Great pitching + Avi Garcia heroics seems to be a winning formula in 2017.


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