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Yankees 1, White Sox 4: Bats go cold as the winning streak is snapped

Just one of those games.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

For the most part, Luis Severino pitched well against the White Sox. In his eight innings, he allowed just three hits, and struck out 10. It just so happened that two of those hits were home runs, including one coming after the inning probably should have been over.

Then there was White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez, who made almost no mistakes. Gonzalez went 8.1 innings himself, allowing just four hits and one walk. The Yankees only offense came in the ninth, and was far too late. The White Sox won 4-1, and the Yankees’ win streak was gone.

Severino looked very impressive early, striking out four batters in the first two innings. Despite that, the White Sox struck first when Leury Garcia hit a solo home run in the third.

After that, Severino got back on track. He wasn’t getting any run support, but he was keeping the Yankees in the game. And then the seventh inning happened.

After Tim Anderson led off the inning with a single, Pete Kozma let a potential double play ball go through his legs, putting two runners on. Following a failed Jose Abreu bunt attempt, Avisail Garcia homered off Severino, making it 4-0. Had Kozma not booted the grounder, Garcia might not have ever come up. Yes, Abreu wouldn’t have bunted with two outs and the bases empty. With the way Severino had looked up to that point, he might have gotten him out, and it might have stayed 1-0. Instead, the deficit was 4-0 and the Yankees had some work to do.

Throughout all this, the Yankees’ offense was faltering. There were some hard hit balls. They just kept going right at fielders. The Yankees had three hits goings into the ninth inning, but in two of those instances, the runners were immediately erased by double plays.

In the ninth inning, the Yankees finally did get some sort of a rally going. Chase Headley was credited with an infield single, moving to second on an error by White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. After Chris Carter flew out, Brett Gardner drew a walk, forcing Chicago to bring in David Robertson for Gonzalez. Jacoby Ellsbury then drew a walk off Robertson, bringing the potential tying run to the plate. Robertson got the second out, but then walked Starlin Castro, That plated a run and brought Aaron Judge to the plate. Judge couldn’t keep the rally going, and grounded out to end the game.

The Yankees’ win streak was going to be snapped eventually. This was just an annoying way for it to happen.