About The Game:
Well, this looked like it was going to be a nice, easy writeup that I could mostly write by the end of the 6th inning, due to a solid all around play. The Yankees scored 2 in the second and 2 in the fourth, which seemed to be a holdable lead. Then, JA Happ, who was pitching more in tune with his 2018 season, turned into the 2019 version of JA Happ in the 4th, allowing the White Sox to score 4 runs to tie it up. Adam Ottavino gave up a home run in the seventh to give Chicago the lead, and then that was it.
Clint Frazier went 3 for 4 with a double.
Didi Gregorius went 2 for 4, continuing his hot hitting since coming back from the DL.
Gleyber Torres went 2 for 3 with a walk.
Brett Gardner hit the Yankees sole home run (his 11th).
JA Happ lasted 5 innings. 4 walks, 2 strikeouts and a home run. His ERA is up to 4.66 on the season. Not what Cashmoney envisioned when he thought he was a safe bet and signed him for $17 million per year.
The 2-3-4 hitters in the lineup (Hicks, Voit, Sanchez) went a combined 0 for 12 with 7 strikeouts. That won’t win you many games, and it was the first time this season that all of the 1-4 hitters were held hitless this season.
Why it Matters?
You have to be able to clobber mediocre teams like the White Sox, not only if you want to make the playoffs, but especially if you want to win the AL East. Add in the fact that this game was against Ivan Nova and his 6.28 ERA, and this loss is especially hard to swallow.
I’m sure that no Yankee fans would object to abundant prayers for a quick return to health for Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
The Yankees lost a game that they should have won. A 4-run lead against a mediocre team with a starting pitcher whose ERA is above 6 shouldn’t be contested. Games like this hurt when you sum the wins at the end of the year to determine the division winner, and while losses happen, this is once of the low losses of the season. Every game counts from March until October, especially when going into the dog days of summer. Tomorrow, things get harder.
The Yankees play game 2 of the 4 game set against the White Sox.
CC Sabathia (3-3, 3.96 ERA) against Chicago’s ace this season, Lucas Giolito (9-1, 2.28 ERA).
Let’s hope that the Yankees bring their A Game.