WHITE SOX 3 – YANKEES 1 – Game 1
WHITE SOX 5 – YANKEES 0 – Game 2
A day after Yankees third baseman/DH Josh Donaldson had a scuffle with White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson over allegedly racist comments Donaldson made at Anderson by referring to him as “Jackie” — a direct reference to MLB color barrier trailblazer Jackie Robinson, the White Sox short stop hit a three-run homer to lift Chicago over the Yankees in a double-header sweep.
As for Donaldson, all he could do was watch from the dugout as the Yankees didn’t play him in the second game of the twin bill. Donaldson played in Game One, and was 0-for-4. Ironically Anderson didn’t play at all for Chicago in the opener of Sunday’s double-header.
The big night for Anderson also came as he was relentlessly booed by Yankees fans, some of whom were reportedly heard chanting “Jackie” from the stands.
With Game 2 scoreless heading into the eighth inning, the White Sox rallied for five runs, with Andrew Vaughn and Reese McGuire both driving in the first two runs of the rally. Finally with two men aboard, Anderson strode to the plate and crushed a home run to right to make it 5-0. Anderson put his finger to his lips as a way to silence the crowd as he rounded third. As he made his way to the dugout Anderson was caught on a hot mic dropping an expletive towards the fans.
Tim Anderson after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium: “Everybody tell them to shut the f**k up” 👀pic.twitter.com/7HxO8uQcSc— The Base Hit (@the_basehit) May 23, 2022
Jonathan Loaisiga took the loss for New York, charged with four of the five runs. That spoiled a brilliant effort by Luis Severino, who blanked the White Sox over seven innings.
In Game 1, the White Sox held off the Yankees 3-1. Johnny Cueto blanked the Yankees over six innings of six hit ball. Aroldis Chapman was charged with the loss after giving up a pair of runs in the ninth inning, including a solo homer by A.J. Pollack.
As for the racial undertones of Donaldson’s comments, MLB is said to be investigating. Donaldson said he made the remark as a joke that had been between both he and Anderson in the past. Anderson claimed that he was offended by Donaldson calling him Jackie. White Sox manager Tony LaRussa told reporters on Saturday that he believed Donaldson made a “racist” remark.