Yankees fall in 6-5 loss to White Sox

Hiroki Kuroda 9

Tonight’s game was a game where some things went right for the Yankees…and then some things went terribly wrong. In the end, the Yankees were on the wrong end of a walk-off deficit, losing 6-5 to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.

The Yankees had taken an immediate 3-0 lead in the first inning on a Brian McCann three-run home run, but the Yankees coughed up the lead with lackluster defense, mostly from Kelly Johnson, who was playing first base while Mark Teixeira was the DH. The Yankees were able to retake the lead in the sixth on a wild pitch and a SAC Fly by Jacoby Ellsbury. Unfortunately, David Robertson, who had been perfect in save situations coming into the series, blew his first save as he allowed a two-run home run in the 9th inning to Adam Dunn.

Hiroki Kuroda didn’t have a sharp game, going only 4.2 innings while giving up four runs (two earned) on eight hits and only striking out three. Dellin Betances came in relief for Kuroda, going 1.1 innings while striking out three, Adam Warren went 1.2 innings while striking out one and David Robertson allowed two runs while only recording one out.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees will turn to Vidal Nuno with hopes of getting Yankees back in the win column. First pitch is at 2:10 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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10 Responses to Yankees fall in 6-5 loss to White Sox

  1. Mike Sommer says:

    That is the second game this month where the Yanks had a notorious, 200 strikeout a year guy at the plate (Reynolds, now Dunn), 0-2 and instead of wasting a pitch to see if the guy fishes, the pitcher gets greedy for a three-pitch strikeout and leaves the pitch right over the middle of the plate and gets beat by that guy in the bottom of the ninth. Think. Don't get greedy. Set the guy up. Throw a "purpose" pitch, as Tom Seaver used to say. Not so much "waste" but purpose. See if he fishes, and use that pitch to set up the next one. On both Reynolds and Dunn, it looked like the pitchers got greedy, hoping for the three-pitch K, and got burned both times. Even the hit before Dunn's walk-off was on an 0-2 pitch.

    • Rich says:

      Yeah, Robertson got greedy to both hitters, but I think it was inexperience. He's going to have some growing pains as the new closer. So far, he's been better than I could have hoped for. He'll learn to not be overly aggressive on 0-2 pitches.

      • Mike Sommer says:

        Actually, it was Warren who gave up the 0-2 single to Reynolds, not Robertson.

        • Rich says:

          Could have sworn Robertson went ahead 0-2 to the first hitter in the 9th, threw a curveball that got hit for a single, then he went 0-2 on Dunn and threw a fastball that got walloped. That's the way I remember it. Doesn't make much difference. Robertson's doing a great job overall. For many reasons, I had a gut feeling we'd lose that game, even before the 9th inning happened.

          • Mike Sommer says:

            You are thinking of the game against the White Sox, and you are correct. But I am ALSO thinking about the game against the Brewers, in which Warren gave up an 0-2 single to Reynolds for a walkoff hit.

  2. Robert Rufa says:

    Ichiro was on base 3 times Friday night; he's batting over .370. What's he doing batting 7th, where his ability to get on base is mostly wasted? Had he been among the 1-2-3 hitters (what's Ellsbury doing to justify batting 3rd anyway?), the whole dynamic of the game would have been different. C'mon, Joe—ask yourself: what would Stengel do?

  3. Rich says:

    Robertson got the blame for the blown save, but no one mentions that Kuroda once again blew a three run lead. I think Kuroda sucks. When he gets run support, he rarely makes it stand up. Despite the lack of starting pitching on this team, I really believe we should trade Kuroda before the trade deadline. He does everything losing pitchers do: give up runs early, pitch better when he's losing, fail to hold leads, work so slowly that his defense loses focus. These things also cause low run support. It's hard to hit when you've been standing around for half an hour and the other team's pitcher has been resting on the bench.

    • hotdog says:

      It's hard to trade Kuroda…first, we would half to eat his salary and that's not the bigger concern…if we could rely on Pineda returning and the threesome of Nuno, Phelps and Whitely, then we could possibly trade him but ideally the Yankees would continue to use Phelps in relief and possibly Nuno if Kuroda improves…right now we need all the starters we can muster…

      • Rich says:

        Yeah, for various reasons, looks like we'll be relegated to hoping that Kuroda improves. Fat chance of that happening, though.

        • hotdog says:

          The Yankees have a hard time stomaching these things…expect Kuroda to stick around…my preference would be to let someone like Whitely pitch in lieu of Kuroda if his struggles continue but major league experience and some good results in the past may rule…i'd more expect the Yankees to go out and sign a journeyman starters…i'm hoping they don't give up a decent prospect for a starter…i'd think that JR Murphy could be on GM's wish list along with the usual cast…