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One streak came to an end Sunday at Yankee Stadium, but two others will live to see another day.
After Aroldis Chapman gave up his first earned run of the year on a game-tying home run in the top of the ninth, the Yankees came back to win it in the bottom of the inning. Aaron Judge’s walk-off walk secured a sixth straight win, 5-4, and a sweep of the White Sox.
Clint Frazier led off the bottom of the ninth with his third single of the day, then stole his second base of the day. With one out, the White Sox intentionally walked DJ LeMahieu to bring up Tyler Wade, who had entered as a defensive replacement. Wade came through with a broken-bat infield single to second, loading the bases for Judge.
The White Sox brought in closer Liam Hendriks, whose 3-1 pitch sailed high to give Judge his first career walk-off and send the crowd of 14,007 home happy.
Before the Yankees bullpen allowed the White Sox to even the game, Jameson Taillon had pushed the starters’ scoreless streak to 35 innings. He delivered five shutout innings in his first scoreless outing of the season, taking the streak one full turn through the rotation after Corey Kluber started it Wednesday with a no-hitter against the Rangers.
Taillon was robbed of the win when Andrew Vaughn did what no other batter had done so far this season and homered against Chapman on a 99 mph fastball with one out in the top of the ninth.
Chapman had went 18 innings to start the season without allowing an earned run. The only run he had given up before Sunday was a ghost runner scoring in extra innings against the Nationals on May 8.
Still, the Yankees’ strong starting pitching, plus timely hitting from Gleyber Torres, led to a three-game sweep of the White Sox (26-19), who entered The Bronx with the American League’s best record. Against a lineup that came in second in MLB scoring 5.29 runs per game and third in batting average (.260) and OPS (.759), the Yankees (28-19) allowed just five runs and 15 hits across three games.
Torres stayed hot and put the finishing touches on a huge series. The shortstop went 3-for-4 with two more RBIs, making him 8-for-12 with eight RBIs for the series in which the Yankees scored 13 runs.
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