Yankees’ triple play triggers victory over White Sox
When the Yankees failed to score with runners in the first and third row and no one down in the eighth, a crowd of 14,011 fans at Yankee Stadium were as calm as they could get.
A triple play and a simple walk-off in the ninth inning blew up the same crowd louder than it has been all season in the Bronx.
In a game where the Yankees and White Sox combined to strike 26 times, with no runs scored until the seventh inning, New York’s pair of clutch plays provided just enough for a 2-1 victory.
Chasing reliever Michael Kopech with back-to-back singles to start half of the eighth at home, New York was in first place to not only take the lead but also open the game in the bottom of the eighth.
It comes after Chicago starter Carlos Rodón struck out 13 of six frames, allowing just two hits along the way.
A setback and a double play online sucked the life out of the Bombers rally. Suddenly the White Sox were back in the driver’s seat.
Moments later, the first two hitters reached against Aroldis Chapman at the top of the ninth. A starting step and a slow roll past the mound had the closest on the ropes.
That all changed when White Sox left defenseman Andrew Vaughn rolled over to a 1-1 slider, sending a hard ground ball to third base.
Gio Urshela engulfed him, stepping on the sack to his right for one. He then pulled a strike at Rougned Odor in second place for two. At first, the relay to Luke Voit was right on time, knocking out Chapman and the Yankees in dramatic fashion.