Tonight just wasn’t going to be the Yankees’ night, no matter how much effort and heart they put into the game. And in a 162 game regular season, you’re destined to have a few of those games. But never fear, Yankees fans, there are still 59 games left to play.
Bryan Mitchell got the start tonight against the White Sox. Mitchell threw 78 pitches into the 5th inning, giving up 7 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs, and striking out 5 batters. In the 1st, a lead-off single scored on a 1-out double to start the White Sox scoring for the night. In the 2nd, a solo home run gave them a 2-0 lead. A lead-off single in the 5th, moved to 2nd on a wild pitch, and then scored on an RBI single. At that point, they opted to rest the recently called-up pitcher and go to the bullpen.
Diego Moreno came in to relieve Mitchell. He promptly hit his first batter and then gave up a 3-run home run before finally getting three outs for the 5th inning. Moreno escaped damage in the 6th, but found trouble again in the 7th — a 1-out single, a 2-out walk, an RBI double, and a wild pitch that scored another run. And that would be it for Moreno. Chicago firmly in the lead, the Yankees went to today’s recalled reliever Nick Rumbelow. Rumbelow actually had the absolute best inning of the Yankees’ pitching staff tonight — 8 pitches in the 1-2-3 8th inning.
The Yankees offense was just as weak as their pitching tonight. They got through the Chicago pitching in two instances. In the 3rd, Murphy led-off with a double, moved to 3rd on Ryan’s single, and then scored on Didi Gregorius’ sacrifice fly. It should be noted that Gregorius was rather robbed of a 3-run home run here as the Chicago outfielder literally reached over the fence to grab the ball back for the out. The Yankees sat on that lone run until the top of the 9th when Brian McCann hit his 17th home run, a 1-out solo shot to the right field seats.
Just wasn’t going to be the Yankees’ night with the White Sox getting 11 total hits (to the Yankees’ 5) and the Yankees striking out 11 total times (to the White Sox’s 5, coincidentally).
Final score: 8-2 White Sox.
In Roster Moves News, the Yankees did another switching around with the relievers and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Rumbelow was recalled (and well-used tonight), while Nick Goody was optioned back. With Goody’s recent outings, he’d be unavailable until next week anyway.
Also, Carlos Beltran had a large bruise on his foot from fouling off a couple balls off his foot the last couple of days. He said he’ll be available to play tomorrow, however. And prospect starter Luis Severino is currently on the schedule to start on Wednesday against the Red Sox.
One more game tomorrow afternoon to conclude this crazy road trip. And it’s just August 1st. There’s 59 games left of the season and just over 2 months left. And now that the trade deadline has passed, it’s basically the final turn before the backstretch (and if you get that reference, you’re pretty awesome). So in other words, the Yankees have a lead in the AL East to protect and hopefully expand and a championship postseason to prepare for.