The New York Yankees fell to the Chicago White Sox 5-0 Wednesday night as Miguel Gonzalez stymied the Yankees and outdueled Michael Pineda.
Yes, Pineda opened with a strong first and third innings, but the second inning was an absolute disaster. The White Sox pushed across four runs on four hits as Pineda had retired five straight batters before the White Sox outburst.
After that, he settled down and held the pale hose scoreless until yielding a fifth run in the bottom of the sixth on a fielder’s choice. Meanwhile, the Yankees offense, which had looked so good the previous night, was unable to muster a significant attack against former Baltimore Orioles hurler, Miguel Gonzalez.
The Yankees did, however, threaten in the seventh inning when Didi Gregorius laced a double with two outs. Chase Headley then stepped in the box with a chance to get the Yankees on the board, but sadly lined out, stranding Gregorius at second.
Once again, the Yanks failed in their attempt to get to the .500 mark. This albatross of a wins mark has blocked the Yankees all season long like a speed bump in a retirement community. If this club is to ever make a serious run at the division title they need to put together a winning streak to finally move up in the standings.
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Former starter Nathan Eovaldi came on in relief in the bottom of the seventh, throwing several fastballs that eclipsed the 100 MPH mark. Nasty Nate also had his curve ball snapping like a whip, returning for the eighth inning, once again keeping the White Sox off the scoreboard.
Even though Eovaldi gives the Yankees an extra live arm in the middle innings, he is determined to work his way back into the starting rotation.
As for the ninth and final frame, Brian McCann singled, and Mark Teixeira struck out again before Starlin Castro singled to put runners on first and second. The runners moved to second and third on a ground ball by Gregorius, but unfortunately, Headley would soon strike out to end the game.
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Some bright spots tonight were that Jacoby Ellsbury and Gregorius each had three hits while Pineda did last a full six innings.