After last night's poor showing, the Yankees' offense picked things up a bit tonight. In the first inning, Derek Jeter singled, Mark Teixeira worked a walk, and Brian McCann hit a home run to right field to get an early 3-0 lead. Unfortunately, the defense didn't really show up today and the White Sox were able to immediately cut into the early lead. Adam Eaton started things off with a single and stolen base. Dayan Viciedo came on to hit a high chopper that should have been an out, but Yangervis Solarte's throw got away from Kelly Johnson, who played first base today, and Eaton ended up scoring. Kuroda was able to get through the second and third innings without giving up a run, until the fourth inning, when the Yankees made another error. This time, Eaton hit a ball just over Kuroda's head and Roberts made a poor throw to Johnson (that Teixeira arguably could have come up with). The White Sox went on to take the lead in the fifth inning, thanks to Alexei Ramirez hitting a two-run homer to centerfield.
The Yankees' bats stayed quiet until the seventh inning when Scott Downs came into the game. Brian Roberts and Alfonso Soriano hit back-to-back singles, then the White Sox manager decided to pull the lefty out in favor of right-hander Jake Petricka, with Brett Gardner coming to the plate. The move didn't work out for them, as Gardner went on to hit a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over, then Petricka walked Jeter. Roberts went on to score on a wild pitch, and Ellsbury was able to hit a sac fly to score Soriano, thus giving the Yankees the one-run lead.
Dellin Betances came on to relieve Kuroda in the fifth and he was able to pitch 1.1 clean innings with two strikeouts. Adam Warren also pitched 1.2 innings without allowing a run. Then Joe Girardi decided to call upon David Robertson to get the four-out save in the bottom of the eighth inning. After walking Gordon Beckham, Robertson was able to strikeout Connor Gillaspie to end the inning. The Yankees were unable to tack on any runs in the ninth inning, leaving Robertson with a one-run lead. Viciedo led things off with a single to left field, then Adam Dunn followed that up by hitting a walk-off home run, giving D-Rob his first blown save of the season. That was bound to happen eventually, but it was especially sad to see after taking the lead back.
Being that this is the Yankees, there were a couple of injury scares. The first coming during the second inning when Gardner and Ellsbury almost collided going after a fly ball. The second came in the fourth inning when Roberts fouled a ball off of his knee area. He seemed to be okay, and he remained in the game until the bottom of the ninth, when Brendan Ryan took over at second base.
The Yankees will look to get their first win in the series tomorrow afternoon as Vidal Nuno takes the mound against John Danks. The game will start at 2:10 EST.