The Yankees lost to the Chicago White Sox, 5-2, on Friday night at Yankee Stadium as the Yankees hit into four ground ball double plays and were only 2-8 with runners in scoring position. The Yankees are now four games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East with only nine games left to play.
Joe Girardi realizes how difficult it will be to catch the Blue Jays because of how well Toronto has been playing since the beginning of August.
“I said it was going to be really difficult and my mind hasn’t changed,” manager Joe Girardi said. “They’ve played extremely well since Aug. 1, and you look at what they’ve done, but we’re going to try to win every game and see what happens.”
CC Sabathia pitched very well in the first six innings, as he held the White Sox to two runs in six innings, but Joe Girardi left him in for the seventh and Sabathia would surrender solo homers to Mike Olt and Gordon Beckham to give the White Sox a lead that they would keep. Sabathia ended up allowed six hits and two walks in 6.2 innings pitched and allowed more than two earned runs in a start for the first times since August 18.
“I have to be better, especially late in the game,” Sabathia said.
Andrew Bailey pitched well in relief of Sabathia, but rookie Nick Rumbelow allowed a run on two hits in the ninth inning as Adam Eaton singled to score Tyler Flowers to make the score 5-2. Rumbelow allowed singles to Flowers and Beckham after he got the first two outs of the ninth, and the struggling Chasen Shreve was pitching when Eaton hit his single. Shreve, who allowed only 22 hits in the first four months of the season (40.2 innings), has given up 22 hits in the last two months (17 innings).
The Yankees were not able to capitalize on Carlos Rodon’s inconsistency as he allowed five hits and five walks in his six innings pitched. Six different Yankees recorded a hit for the Yankees but the only one who recorded a hit when it counted was Didi Gregorius, who hit a single to right in the fourth inning to score Brian McCann and Chris Young. Gregorius has five hits in his last 11 at-bats and his average is now a very respectable .267.
In Saturday’s third game of the series Rob Refsnyder will get his third consecutive start at second. He has two hits in five at-bats in the previous two games. Adam Warren will get the start for the Yankees as they try to take a 2-1 lead in the series. This will be his third start since returning to the rotation due to Nathan Eovaldi’s injury. This afternoon’s matinee game will begin at 4:05 EST.