Coming in to tonight's game, the Yankees hoped to build on the previous night's success when the offense scored nine runs on twenty hits. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, and the Yankees squandered their few chances on offense. The offense's failure, paired with a bad inning by Michael Pineda, gave the Yankees another ugly loss and denied them a series win.
The Yankees had chances to score early on. In the top of the first, they had Jacoby Ellsbury on second base with one out and had runners on first and second with two outs. However, they weren't able to get a run across. In the top of the third, Didi Gregorius singled and stole second but the Yankees couldn't get a base hit to drive him in.
Pineda, who had an excellent June with a 2.56 FIP and 12.25 K/9 ratio, looked good in the very beginning of the game. In the bottom of the second, he got his second strikeout of the night for the second out of the inning against Todd Frazier. Then Brett Lawrie singled to right and it all fell apart after that. Pitching out of the stretch, Pineda lost his control. He walked catcher Dioner Navarro before giving up an RBI single to Avisail Garcia. J.B. Shuck hit a ground rule double to left and Tim Anderson hit a single just past a diving Chase Headley making the score 4-0 White Sox.
In the top of the third, the Yankees offensive woes continued. To start out the inning, Ellsbury singled to right but was thrown out going for a double. It was a bad mistake given that there were no outs and they were down 4-0. In the the fifth, Gregorius singled and got to third with one out. Still, the offense couldn't get the job done. Hicks popped up and Ellsbury grounded out to end the inning.
Other than the bottom of the second inning, Pineda looked pretty sharp. In the the sixth, Pineda walked Cabrera who went to third on a single by Frazier. Then, Lawrie grounded to Didi who made a nice play but Castro lost the ball trying to turn a double play, allowing Cabrera to score. It was 5-0 Chicago and that score would hold the rest of the game.
In the top of the seventh, Gregorius got his third hit of the game, a ground rule double. Chase Headley hit the ball hard but straight to the right fielder to end the inning.
Nathan Eovaldi, coming out of the pen for the first time this season, walked Garcia to start the bottom of the seventh inning. He got a ground out, a deep fly out, and a caught stealing to get out of the inning without any runs being scored. In the eighth, Eovaldi started off the inning with another walk, before getting Jose Abreu to strike out. Eovaldi again got out of the inning without damage, getting former Yankee, Melky Cabrera, to line into a double play.
In the top of the ninth, the Yankees needed to rally. The inning started off with a single by Ellsbury, his third hit of the game. After a strikeout by Mark Teixeira, Starlin Castro singled, giving the Yankees runners on first and second with one out. But the rally wouldn't continue. Gregorius hit into a double-play that was challenged and eventually turned into a ground out with the runner safe at second. Headley struck out swinging to end the game.
It was a disappointing game compared to the night before and the Yankees now sit at 41-43 on the season. Outside of Ellsbury and Gregorius, the rest of the team really struggled to hit an unspectacular Miguel Gonzalez. No one can be very confident in this team right now.
Next, the Yankees head to Cleveland to take on the Indians, who lead the American League Central. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm and the game will feature Ivan Nova and Trevor Bauer.