It certainly wasn’t all hearts and flowers today at US Cellular Field in Chicago. The White Sox weren’t going to give up tonight’s game easily, fighting back after a poor start and what looked like a final finish. Well, the President will certainly be happy tonight. (For those of you who aren’t aware, our current President is a big White Sox fan.) New York fans are ready to close the book on this one, despite the hard efforts put in to keep flipping this game back in the Yankees’ favor.
Hiroki Kuroda took the start and struggled his way through 4.2 innings, racking up 100 pitches, giving up 8 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs (just 2 were earned), and only striking out 3 batters. Those runs came in the 1st when a runner scored on an error (thus unearned), and in the 4th on a throwing error (again unearned), and a 2-run home run in the 5th (those were the 2 earned). The errors there really cost the Yankees the game in the end.
In the mean time, the Yankees put up an early 3-run lead in the 1st inning. When Jeter is on with a single and Teixeira with a walk, it’s Brian McCann’s 3-run home run that puts them there. After the White Sox earn their 4 runs (and the lead) by the end of the 5th inning, the Yankees send Dellin Betances (who else anymore?) to keep the Sox from adding to their lead. Betances gets that last out of the 5th and pitches the 6th, giving up just 1 hit and 20 pitches in those 4 outs.
The Yankees decided to take the lead in the 7th. Roberts and Soriano are on base with singles, and Jeter loads the bases with a walk. A wild pitch advanced all the runners tying up the game as Roberts scored, before a sacrifice fly by Jacoby Ellsbury scored Soriano, and the Yankees took the lead (5-4).
Adam Warren’s 7th and 2 outs in the 8th kept the White Sox from stealing back the lead, and David Robertson came into the 8th for what could have been a 4-out save. But it was his 9th inning that saw trouble. A lead-off single set the table for a 2-run walk-off home run and victory by the White Sox, a 6-5 victory over the Yankees. So Robertson earns his first blown save and his first loss of the season. Giant bummer.
Also, Brian Roberts took a foul ball off his knee, and though he stayed in the game (there wasn’t much choice, with the already depleted roster due to all the crazy injuries), he limped around the field in attempt to keep the game going. X-rays were negative, and he is currently listed as day-to-day, so I’m guessing there will be more bench players starting to fill in for a bit while Roberts hobbles his way around the dugout.
Like I said before, I’m guessing the Yankees are very much looking forward to moving on with tomorrow and closing the chapter on tonight’s game. It was errors and some hanging cutters and the like that did the Yankees in tonight, which is rather disappointing based on how they started and where they were in the middle of the 9th inning. So what’s the Yankee way to respond? Learn from your mistakes, fix them, strengthen anything that needs to be worked on, and move on to the next challenge. Tomorrow is another day, another game, another challenge. So we’ll see them tomorrow.