Derek Holland lasted only 4.2 innings and allowed seven runs on 10 hits to New York. The White Sox fell 7-4 in the first of a three-game series.
Derek Holland was the victim of a hot New York Yankees team. The lefty allowed seven runs on 10 hits in just 4.2 innings as the Chicago White Sox fell 7-4 in the first of a three-game set in New York on Monday. Holland (1-2, 4.32 ERA) was coming off a one-hit shutout against the defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians, but just didn’t have the same magic.
Jordan Montgomery effectively shutdown the White Sox and carried a shutout into the seventh inning. The 24-year-old lefty earned his first career win. The offense was finally able to get to him on a three-run home run off the bat of Carlos Sanchez or Yolmer Sanchez, as he’s now referred to. They added another run in the ninth off Adam Warren but Aroldis Chapman came in and closed out the win for the Yankees.
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The team was without Todd Frazier, who was out with flu-like symptoms. But they did welcome back Melky Cabrera, who missed the last three games due to the birth of a daughter. Cabrera batted in the three-spot and played his usual left field. He went 2-for-3, improving his average to .294. Not bad after being off for three games.
The bullpen was definitely a strong point in this game. The duo of Anthony Swarzak and Michael Ynoa shutdown the Yankees offense, combining to throw 3.1 scoreless innings. What’s more impressive is neither pitcher allowed a hit or surrendered a walk while striking out five. Holland may have dug his team a hole, but Swarzak and Ynoa definitely gave this team every opportunity to make a comeback with an impressive display in relief.
The White Sox will look to rebound Tuesday when they send Miguel Gonzalez (1-0, 422 ERA) to the hill against Luis Severino (1-0, 4.50 ERA). Gonzalez earned a no decision, going 4.2 innings and allowing three runs on eight hits to the Indians in his previous start. The Yankees will look to make it nine straight while the White Sox look to get in the win column.