The Yankees didn't have any heroics in them tonight, as the White Sox shut down their bats to take the rubber game, 4-1, on Wednesday night. >> Box score
1) Reynaldo Lopez has struggled against all of his opponents, but the Yankees this season. Last time he threw against him, he went seven innings allowing just one run. Well, he did the same thing tonight, letting up only an RBI single to Ronald Torreyes as his blemish for the start. The Yankees did have runners on base, but left six of them while going 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
2) It could have been a turning point in the game when the Yankees had the bases loaded in the fifth inning. Torreyes had an RBI single with one out to get the Yanks on the board. But Brett Gardner struck out when he came up next, leaving Giancarlo Stanton to come in the clutch with two outs. He would only see one pitch, though, as Gleyber Torres hesitantly broke home and was thrown out at the plate to end the threat. Stanton was all over Lopez in his first at-bats, but we won't know what would have happened.
3) CC Sabathia had a quality start on the stat sheet, but he was leaving a lot of his cutters and sliders up in the zone. The White Sox took advantage, and Ryan LaMarre was the main culprit. He had two RBI doubles against Sabathia, and collected a solo homer against Chad Green.
4) With the Red Sox beating the Marlins, the Yankees are now 7.5 games back in the AL East race.
Highlights from Monday's game
The Yankees were stymied by a pitcher who had a 4.66 ERA coming into tonight's action, and it results in a series loss to the White Sox. After a four-game sweep in Baltimore, the Yankees returning home and losing the series to Chicago (now 53-80) is rather disheartening.
Sabathia was decent in his six innings of work, but the Yankees' offense was missing for much of the series, besides a few innings Tuesday night. Tonight, the Yankees managed just five singles and a double, while going 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Their best offensive chance, a bases loaded with one out opportunity in the fifth inning, produced just one run.
With that New York falls 7.5 games back of Boston, and increases the chances that they'll be playing a wild card game.
The Yankees host the Tigers on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. to kick off a four-game series. J.A. Happ gets the ball against Francisco Liriano.