The weekend in Boston could not have gone any worse for the Yankees than it did. If they’re going to turn their fortunes around, this is a good start.
Lance Lynn got the ball for his first start as a Yankees, and he continued to make a pretty good first impression. Lynn threw 7.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk. He retired 19 straight batters from the first inning through the end of the seventh.
The Yankees didn’t need a ton of runs thanks to Lynn, but the offense also bounced back somewhat, scoring seven. It’s not going to make anyone forget what happened over the weekend, but this 7-0 win over the White Sox helped a little.
After no Yankee reached base in the first three innings, they picked up a couple runs in the fourth. Giancarlo Stanton got things started by drawing a one-out walk, moving to third on Didi Gregorius’ double. Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres then each picked up RBI singles, driving home Stanton and Gregorius. Greg Bird could have added even more, but he was robbed of a home run by a leaping catch at the wall from Adam Engel.
Though it wasn’t the three runs they missed on the Bird robbery, the Yankees added a couple more runs in the fifth. Kyle Higashioka and Brett Gardner both hit one-out singles, with Gardner’s moving Higashioka to third. During Stanton’s at bat, a wild pitch allowed Higashioka to score and Gardner to move up to second. Two batters later, Gregorius got his second hit of the day, a single that scored Gardner.
After seven strong innings from Lynn, the Yankees got a couple extra runs for him and the bullpen to work with in the top of the eighth. Torres started things off with a solo home run. A White Sox outfielder made a leaping attempt at the wall and after the Bird robbery earlier in the game, nearly everything paused for a second before everyone realized that this one did go over the wall.
The Yankees added more thanks to a long Neil Walker home run coming right after a Miguel Andujar walk. That took the Yankees’ lead up to seven runs.
Lynn did end up coming back out for the eighth, but following a single and a fly out, he would be removed from the game. After doing a good job in his Yankee debut out of the bullpen, he did a good job in his first start with the team. A.J. Cole came in for him and walked a batter, but got out of the inning with the White Sox still off the board.
In the top of the ninth inning, the White Sox brought in position player Matt Davidson to pitch. The Yankees couldn’t manage any runs against him, but that didn’t end up mattering as Cole shut the door in the ninth.
It’s only the White Sox, but after what happened over the weekend, it’s a start.