The Yankees lost the first game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox, 6–5, in foggy conditions caused by wildfires in Canada.
Chicago designated hitter Jake Burger put his team ahead with a two-run home run in the top of the second inning.
The White Sox followed in the third with Luis Robert Jr. and Yoan Moncada hitting solo shots to center field to make it 4-2.
Moncada wore a boot over his nose during Thursday’s first game. Most likely, the third wanted to take precautions and not directly inhale the pollution covering the New York area.
Air quality has improved since Thursday, when Major League Baseball decided to postpone the second game of the series between the two teams. At the time, the land was under an orange haze and the air quality index was over 300, which the EPA considers “very unhealthy.”
Thursday’s AQI during the first release was 156, which is considered unhealthy.
While down 2-0, Kyle Higashioka’s RBI double cut the lead in half. Leadoff hitter Willie Calhoun singled to score Higashioka and tie the game.
Calhoun tied the game again in the fourth with a two-run shot to right field. Oswaldo Cabrera’s RBI single in the fifth gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead. He was the last starter Lance Lynn allowed in his outing. The starter was replaced by Gregory Santos after allowing eight hits, five earned runs and three walks in five innings. The former Yankee struck out four batters.
Severino suffered early damage and was pulled after five innings. He allowed six hits, four earned runs, two walks and struck out six over 86 pitches. The starter got 18 swings on his fastball but collected just one miss.
Severino was replaced by Jimmy Cordero. Wandy Peralta was later called upon to strike one out. Both relievers didn’t allow a hit in the sixth.
Michael King gave up a two-run homer off Eloy Jimenez to give Chicago a 7-6 lead, which ultimately led to the loss.
The Yankees attempted a rally in the ninth, but Anthony Rizzo hit into a double play to end the game. Chicago’s Kendall Graveman recorded his sixth save of the season.