July 19: New York 8, Chicago 0
Chris Sale’s great first half was thanks in large part to allowing few homers, and he seems to be regressing hard in that category lately, having given up six over his last three starts including two in this one.
NY starter Bob Shawkey regressed in the opposite direction after a miserable first half. He sliced and diced through the White Sox lineup in this one to record his first shutout of the season. Joe DiMaggio similarly had a monster game after a terrible season to date, smacking two singles, a triple, and a dinger.
R H BB CHI 000 000 000 - 0 4 3 NY 000 034 01X - 8 12 6 HR: J. Dimaggio (7), Y. Berra (6) starters IP R ER HR BB SO C. Sale 5.2 7 7 2 4 3 B. Shawkey 9.0 0 0 0 3 1 CHI 48-43, NY 50-41
July 20: Chicago 9, New York 7
Waite Hoyt, New York’s only starter having a respectable season so far, had a good day on the mound and the Yanks took a 7-3 lead into the top of the ninth. Babe Ruth led the NY offense against a sub-par Eddie Cicotte with three base knocks.
But the White Sox stunned Ruth’s house with an out-of-nowhere comeback in the ninth. The four run lead was put in Goose Gossage’s care to start the ninth, but the Goose loaded the bases without recording an out. In came Mariano Rivera, who settled things down a bit with a shallow fly ball from Sherm Lollar to get the first out and keep the score 7-3. But Eddie Collins singled in two runs to make it 7-5, and then Minnie Minoso clutched super hard with a three run bomb to give the White Sox the go-ahead runs.
Mariano has one of the better looking pitcher cards, but is fighting it to the tune of a 4.23 ERA so far.
R H BB CHI 011 001 006 - 9 11 5 NY 010 003 300 - 7 10 5 HR: M. Minoso (3) starters IP R ER HR BB SO E. Cicotte 6.2 6 6 0 4 3 W. Hoyt 7.0 3 2 0 2 0 CHI 49-43, NY 50-42
July 21: Chicago 5, New York 0
The Yankees looked like they were still stunned the next day as Ed Walsh hypnotized them into a shutout.
The White Sox did not drive an extra base hit all day, nor did they need to thanks to Lefty Gomez having trouble with his command. Gomez walked the first four batters of the game and was lucky to escape the first only two runs down. But another walk turned into a run the fifth, and the Sox singled their way to a couple of more late runs to take the series.
Chicago caught New York and Minnesota in a three-way tie for third place. The three teams are all scoring about as much as they are allowing on the season, though Minnesota is playing the lowest scoring games in the league, Chicago is right at average on runs scored and allowed, and New York is playing the highest scoring games around.
R H BB CHI 200 010 011 - 5 10 5 NY 000 000 000 - 0 6 1 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO E. Walsh 9.0 0 0 0 1 3 L. Gomez 7.1 4 4 0 5 1 CHI 50-43, NY 50-43