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Burning the Bronx

August 27 at N.Y. Yankees


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Hitting, pitching, defense and managing all factored in the decision.

Short Take: Carlos Rodon pitches well, Tim Anderson hustles, and the White Sox take down the Yankees.

The song goes that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. In addition to playing at Yankee Stadium on Monday, the White Sox had the added pressure of being shown on ESPN. None of that seemed to matter. The Sox took advantage of the big stage by showing the Bronx and a national TV audience a glimpse of their future in a 6-2 win.

The first sign that it was the South Siders' night came in the bottom of the second inning. Tim Anderson showed off his deep range at shortstop by beating Kyle Higashioka on a tough throw for the final out. One inning later, Ronald Torreyes tried to cash in on a leadoff triple, but Anderson threw him out at the plate. Of course, Anderson couldn't do everything. Starting with his leadoff double in the fourth, the Sox loaded the bases with nobody out, but Masahiro Tanaka pitched out of it.

Carlos Rodon's quest for a shutout ended in the bottom of the fourth when he issued a dreaded leadoff walk to Miguel Andujar and a two-run homer to Gleybar Torres. But that was the only time Yankees did real damage against Rodon. Most of the time, he looked like lights-out lefty he's been for most of the season. Though he only recorded two strikeouts, both to Giancarlo Stanton, the home run was one of only two hits he gave up all night.

The Sox finally took a 3-2 lead in the sixth on a bases-loaded two-run double from Yoan Moncada and a sacrifce fly from Nicky Delmonico. Yolmer Sanchez led off the seventh with a single and moved to second on a error from Shane Robinson in left field. Anderson then brought him home on a double. The seventh inning was the last for Rodon, who walked the first two hitters of the frame, but had enough trust from Rick Renteria to clean up his own mess by inducing a foul pop and double play.

In the ninth, it became clear Ricky's boys weren't ready to quit, and the Bronx Bombers were. Adam Engel led off with a single and moved to second on an errant pickoff throw from A.J. Cole. Engel later scored when Luke Voit made his own error, during which Anderson hustled to second despite the ball not ending up very deep in the outfield. To cap the scoring, Anderson stole third and then scored after Avisail Garcia struck out on a wild pitch.

In addition to what has become the usual superb outing from Rodon, this could have been the game that took Anderson's play to the next level. He worked extremely hard to do the right things on both sides of the ball, and it all paid off. Combined with Engel's hot hitting and consistency from Omar Narvaez, it's quite possible that there's more young talent in the organization than anyone realized. No one knows if this stretch in which the Sox have won 10 of 13 and are 19-17 since the All-Star break indicates a turning point in the rebuild, but this team is more watchable than it's been in quite some time.

The Sox play the second of three games in New York on Tuesday. James Shields looks to keep the four-game winning streak going when he faces Lance Lynn. The game will begin at 6:05. Here's to more decent baseball over the season's final month.

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