How the Yankees can be 4 games behind Toronto and still so solidly above everyone else in the Wild Card race doesn’t say much for the state of the American League. But a quick scan of the National League doesn’t exactly give a better picture. I suppose the fact that there’s only 9 games left of the season should be taken in to the equation too, and one team has already taken their division title (Royals). It’s hard to believe this season’s almost over.
CC Sabathia got the start tonight in the second game of a 4-game weekend series against the visiting White Sox. It wasn’t the greatest outing of Sabathia’s season, but it wasn’t exactly the worst either. That being said, I’m not sure Sabathia wants to remember much of this season with a current record of just 5 wins and 10 losses. Sabathia threw 99 pitches in his 6.2 innings tonight, giving up 6 hits and 2 walks, responsible for 4 runs, and struck out just 3 batters. In the 2nd, a lead-off single scored on an RBI double, though bases loaded a bit later, he got out the jam with his usual passion. Then in the 3rd, the Yankees played “pass the ball” a bit — a 1-out single moved to 2nd on a ground out and then scored on an RBI single, as the Yankees tossed the ball around to get the runner trying to stretch it into a double just after the run scored. (The play: ball hit to left field, thrown to 3rd base but missed the run scoring, thrown to 1st, the rundown begins, thrown to 2nd, and tagged out by the 1st baseman.)
The Yankees, down 2-0 to Chicago, evened up the game in the 4th inning. McCann and Young each singled to start the inning, and then Refsnyder got a 1-out walk to load the bases. Didi Gregorius’ single scored McCann and Young. And despite loading the bases once again with Gardner’s single, a double play (one of 4 the Yankees hit into tonight, by the way) quickly ended the Yankees’ rally.
And there the game sat tied for a bit. Until the 7th inning, that is. A lead-off home run pushed the White Sox into the lead again. And then 1 out later, another solo home run gave them an insurance run. After Sabathia’s third and final strikeout, his night was over. And it was on to Andrew Bailey who quickly got out of the 7th inning and marched on through the 8th inning, easily throwing the best outing of the night for a Yankees pitcher.
Nick Rumbelow came on for the Yankees in the 9th inning and had his own issues. After 2 fast out, he gave up 2 consecutive singles. That would be it for his night, and it was on to Chasen Shreve, who promptly gave up a single that scored another run. And then it was Chris Martin to the mound. Martin loaded the bases with an intentional walk but got the White Sox out with a line out in just 6 total pitches.
The Yankees never seemed to find their bats after that 4th inning and were shut down by a former teammate in the 9th inning with a quick 1-2-3 inning with no hope for a last-minute rally.
Final score: 5-2 White Sox.
Flashback Friday: one year ago today, the Yankees had a great comeback win, their last game of the 2014 season. It was mainly memorable as Derek Jeter’s final game in Yankee Stadium, including his walk-off single to win the game. Enjoy the memories, but to be fair, the Yankees are in a far better place for the postseason than they were a year ago. Pretty simple logic here — any year in the postseason is always better than any year not in the postseason; but anything short of a championship isn’t good anyway. So here’s for shooting for that elusive #28 this year…
Also, while it seems to be almost everyone’s birthday today, I want to send a quick Happy 40th Birthday to “Bald Vinny” of the Bleacher Creatures, easily the greatest Yankee fan and fantastic t-shirt designer.