- Doug Padilla, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: The White Sox were blitzed from the very start as the Yankees scored five runs in both the second and fourth innings and were off and running. Mark Teixeira had a second-inning grand slam and had a home run from both sides of the plate before the fourth inning was complete, while driving in six runs. White Sox rookie starter Carlos Rodon gave up eight runs on eight hits over three-plus innings with three walks.
What it means: The White Sox’s front office decided to keep the band together by not dealing any players by the non-waiver trade deadline, and the group responded by coming out flat. Jose Abreu did hit a third-inning home run, but otherwise the White Sox were overwhelmed until the reserves took the field in the later innings. The White Sox were believed to be a seller at the trade deadline, then ran off a 7-1 record before the deal-making clock struck zero Friday. General manager Rick Hahn said the only change the recent run of success had on the front office’s plans was to consider taking on rental players, but that never happened.
Outside the box: Rodon continues to struggle with consistency in his inaugural season. After dominating the Indians last weekend on no walks and nine strikeouts, the left-hander struggled with his command again. Over his last two home starts, Rodon has pitched a combined seven innings, giving up 15 earned runs on 15 hits with seven walks and 10 strikeouts. His ERA, which was at 3.80 after a July 10 start, is now at 4.84.
Off beat: Rodon’s wild ways were not just reduced to his four walks Friday. After giving up a fourth-inning double to Chris Young, Rodon let Young score by uncorking consecutive wild pitches. The first wild pitch appeared to be on a slider and the second looked to be a changeup in the dirt that crossed up catcher Geovany Soto.
Pitching in: With the game in runaway fashion, designated hitter Adam LaRoche pitched the ninth inning. He retired the first two batters on six pitches, throwing his fastball in the low 80-mph range. It was LaRoche's first career appearance on the mound, although his father Dave LaRoche pitched for 14 seasons. To top off his day, LaRoche tied a career high with four hits. Former DH Adam Dunn made his pitching debut last year for the White Sox. Leury Garcia had previously pitched for the White Sox, but he was in left field in the ninth inning.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (5-8, 4.97 ERA) to the mound Saturday in the middle game of the three-game series. The Yankees are undecided on their starter in the 6:10 p.m. CST contest from U.S. Cellular Field.