David Phelps took the start in tonight’s first of four games against the White Sox. And honestly, Phelps did a pretty decent job, 104 pitches over 7 innings, giving up 6 hits, a walk, and 2 runs, and striking out 8 batters. Those runs were scored in Phelps’ weakest inning, the 2nd. With 2 outs, the White Sox hit a double, a ground-rule double to score a run, a walk, and a single to drive in another run. But then they went scoreless, despite some efforts to change that.
Alfredo Aceves was sent in to pitch the 8th inning and keep the Sox from adding to their apparent shut-out lead. It was slightly unsuccessful. A lead-off double scored on a 2-out single and put the Sox up 3-0 by the end of the 8th inning. Not terrible, but not really what you want when your team is already losing.
So it was now or never for the Yankees heading into the top of the 9th because for most of the game, they just weren’t hitting. The Sox sent their ace to the mound, and he just had some really great pitches tonight. Ichiro Suzuki singles and Derek Jeter walked, and they both advanced on a passed ball. Then Mark Teixeira singled home the runners. A small contribution and just not enough to win. But not a shut-out. The Yankees lost 3-2 to the White Sox tonight.
Other than that, there isn’t much happening in Yankee land, folks. It wasn’t really one of those spectacular games, and there’s still a few more games they will play in the Midwest (3 more in Chicago and 3 in St. Louis) before the Yankees head home. Sometimes, it’s just the way the wind blows. Hope there’s more favorable winds in the Yankees’ future. (Forgive the puns; I’m trying to tie in the “Windy City” reference, and it’s coming out quite forced and unsuccessful.)