Yankees fall in 6-5 loss to White Sox 10

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.

10 thoughts on “Yankees fall in 6-5 loss to White Sox

  • Mike Sommer

    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.

  • Robert Rufa

    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?

  • Rich

    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.

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