Just like yesterday, the Yankees couldn’t get anything going at the plate early in the game. In their defense, they did have a ton of hard hit balls right at people. It was just one of those games where not much went their way. In the end, they dropped the game 4-1 and the White Sox ran away with a series victory at Yankee Stadium for the first time in 12 years.
After a 1-2-3 first inning, CC Sabathia struggled in the second. He gave up back-to-back singles to Kevan Smith and Matt Davidson. With two outs, Ryan LaMarre knocked a line drive over Giancarlo Stanton’s head to bring in both runs and give the White Sox an early lead. Sabathia settled down in the third, but Chicago added another run in the fourth after Yoan Moncada walked and pesky LaMarre hit another two-out double.
It was a hot one in the Bronx tonight, but the Yankees’ bats were ice cold through the first four innings. Again, they had a lot of hard hit balls, but they couldn’t find a hole. In the second inning, Neil Walker was robbed of a home run by Avisail Garcia. The White Sox outfielders continue to be annoying and catch everything hit out there. Greg Bird doubled to lead off the third inning, but was left stranded.
The Yankees finally got on the board in the fifth inning. Walker and Gleyber Torres started things off with a pair of singles, and Austin Romine worked a one-out walk to load the bases. After Ronald Torreyes hit an RBI single, Brett Gardner struck out to bring Stanton to the plate. It would have been a great time for the outfielder to hit his 300th career home run. Instead, the first pitch went to the screen and Torres broke for home. Unfortunately, Smith was easily able to retrieve the ball, and Reynaldo Lopez picked a bad throw to get Torres at the plate.
Chad Green took over for Sabathia to start the seventh inning. The southpaw ended his night with another quality start. He notched six strikeouts and walked two batters. CC did his job to keep the Yankees in the game, but you don’t win too many games when you only score one run.
Green immediately surrendered a solo shot to LaMarre that just cleared the right field wall. He then walked Yolmer Sanchez. With Adam Engel at the plate, Sanchez attempted to steal second. He was thrown out, but spiked Torres while sliding in. There was a pretty lengthy injury delay as they checked Gleyber out. His hand was cut up on the play, but he stayed in the game.
The Yankees tried and failed to get something going in the ninth. Miguel Andujar hit a bloop single that dropped in shallow right, then Walker grounded into a force out, and Torres struck out. Down to their final out, Luke Voit pinch hit for Bird. With a full count, Voit struck out looking to end the game.
Instead of an off day tomorrow, the Yankees will kick off a four-game series against the Tigers. J.A. Happ is set to take the mound opposite of Francisco Liriano at 7:05 ET on YES.