Friday, June 30, 2017
James Shields earned his first victory since returning from his first career stint on the disabled list as the White Sox picked up a series split with a 4-3 win over the Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday night.
After both sides sat through a two-hour, 50-minute rain delay that pushed the game start time to 10 p.m. CT, Shields went to work on his first victory since his season debut on April 6. The Yankees broke through first, as White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu’s attempt to turn a double play hit off Aaron Judge’s shoulder and allowed Brett Gardner to score in the top of the first inning.
That Eliot hack got it all wrong, the cruelest month is June 2017. Aaron Judge better be wrapped up in bubble wrap until 12:01 tonight.
To put the game (and the month) in the best perspective, Dustin Fowler, who was added to the 40-man yesterday after Tyler Austin suffered an injury that looks to knock him out for at least a month, was added to the team to replace the injured Aaron Hicks. He then suffered a horrific knee injury that might leave him unable to play pro ball ever again (it is also possible that he’s recovered by next spring…we’ll all be pulling for him!). So Robert Refsnyder came in to play right field and quickly made a terrible two-out error that led directly to one unearned run and then a second, ultimately decisive, unearned run. Pure cruelty.
Let’s hope they get tonight’s loss out of the way and then have a good and healthy July (before everyone tears their ACL in August).
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