The Yankees lost Game 1 of a doubleheader to the Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in foggy conditions caused by the Canadian wildfires.
Chicago designated hitter Jake Burger put his team first with a two-run homer in the top of the second inning against Luis Severino.
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 neck warmer over his nose in the opener on Thursday. The third baseman most likely wanted to take precautions and not directly inhale the polluted air that blankets the New York area.
Air quality improved starting Wednesday when Major League Baseball decided to postpone Game 2 of the series between the two teams. At the time, the stadium was under an orange haze and the air quality index was over 300, which the EPA considers “very unhealthy”.
Thursday’s AQI on the first pitch was 156, which is considered unhealthy.
Trailing 2-0 late in the second, Kyle Higashioka’s RBI brace cut the lead in half. Game opener Willie Calhoun hit a single to score Higashioka and tie the game.
Calhoun again tied the game in the fourth with a two-run shot to right field. Oswaldo Cabrera’s RBI single in the fifth gave the Yankees the lead, 5-4. It was the last run Lance Lynn allowed on 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 damage early and was retired after five innings. He allowed six hits, four earned runs, two walks and struck out six of 86 pitches. The starter hit 18 swings on his fastball, but only missed one.
Severino was replaced by Jimmy Cordero. Subsequently, Wandy Peralta was called upon to release one. Both relievers allowed no hits in the sixth.
Michael King gave up a two-run homer to 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 threw a double play to end the game. Chicago’s Kendall Graveman recorded his sixth save of the season.