It was a tough night for the Yankees as they played the second game of a four game series with the White Sox. Coming down the stretch every game is more important than the next, and the Yankees just could never get a full rally. The Yankees sent CC Sabathia to the mound who was able to give the Yankees a chance to win, but the bats never got going.
CC Sabathia just cruised in the first inning, but then the trouble started in the second inning. Former Yankee Melky Cabrera led off the second with a base hit into left field. Then with one out Alexei Ramirez hits a double to right field, and Melky was able to score. Then with two outs CC walked, and hit a batter to load the bases up. Sabathia was able to get out of the jam with a slow ground ball to first. With a 1-0 lead the White Sox were able to keep the pressure going in the third. With two outs and a runner on second CC Sabathia could not get out of the inning as Avisail Garcia hit a base hit to make the score 2-0 White Sox.
The Yankees would answer back in the bottom of the fourth. Brian McCann and Chris Young started the inning with back to back singles. Then with one out the rookie Rob Refsnyder waked to load up the bases. Didi Gregorius then was able to get a base hit, scoring two and tying the game at two a piece. Brett Gardner was able to add a bloop single to re-load the bases still with only one out, but the struggling Chase Headley would eventually kill the rally with an inning ending double play to keep the score 2-2.
CC Sabathia was battling all night, and with his pitch count in the 80s, Joe Girardi tried to sneak out one more inning in the seventh. It did not go well at all. The leadoff hitter, Mike Olt, crushed a homer to give the White Sox a 3-2 lead. Then with one out Gordon Beckham hit another solo home run to make the score 4-2. Sabathia was able to get the next better out before Girardi made a call to the bullpen. The White Sox did not add anymore runs, but the inning was killer as the White Sox took the lead 4-2.
In the top of the ninth the White Sox were able to add an insurance run to make the score 5-2. The Yankees just could not come back as the double play ball killed the Yankees tonight. There were a handful of times where a double play just killed any chance for a Yankee rally. With the Blue Jays winning tonight the Yankees are behind four games, and need to start focusing on the one playoff wild card game.
The Yankees will play the third game of the four game series with the White Sox tomorrow at 4:05 pm. It will be Adam Warren’s third start since returning to the rotation, and he’ll be opposing White Sox veteran John Danks.
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