The Yankees lost to the White Sox as Betances had his 2nd blown save
The Yankees lost to the below average Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, 4–3, in a heartbreaker of a loss to fall to 17–21 away from Yankee Stadium and 41–34 overall.
Luis Severino, who had allowed five and four runs respectively in his last two starts, rebounded to only give up one run and not walk anyone while striking out a career-high 12 but the offense and bullpen didn’t do their part. Severino lowered his ERA from 3.30 to 3.15 but even though only one run scored against him he was taken out after seven innings because he had thrown 105 pitches.
The Yankees had a 3–2 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but Dellin Betances, who usually pitches the 8th inning, gave up a single to shallow left to Jose Abreu that scored Willy Garcia and Alen Hanson to end the game.
Betances usually performs better when he comes in to start an inning instead of with runners on base, but in this game after recording the first out of the 9th he walked two batters in a row and then hit Yolmber Sanchez to load the bases. Betances recorded his second blown save of the season.
Joe Girardi blamed the loss on the six walks and one hit batter combined that the White Sox had in the last two innings.
“They all sting,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “I mean, we put ourselves in a position to win. We just gave too many free baserunners in the last two innings.”
After only allowing one run in his first 24 games of the season, Betances has now allowed a total of four earned runs in his last four games. He was due to struggle a little but this stretch has come when the bullpen has been subpar as a whole. The bullpen’s ineffectiveness has been a major factor in the team losing 11 of their last 14 games.
The offense didn’t do their part in this game as they hit into two double plays, left eight runners on base and would have scored more than three runs if they were better than 3–8 with runners in scoring position.
Starlin Castro was placed on the 10-day DL with a Grade One right hamstring strain. Castro thinks the injury is not that bad and that he should be able to return after 10 days.
Jose Abreu hit a double down the first base line that drove in the first run of the game for the White Sox. That run scored with two outs in the third. Severino then struck out Avisail Garcia on a 99 mph fastball to strand two runners and keep the score 1–0 White Sox.
In the top of the fourth, Tyler Austin struck out looking on a fastball on the inside corner with runners on second and third. A single would have likely put the Yankees ahead 2–1 since the runners would have been going with the pitch with two outs.
Didi Gregorius put runners on first and second with his cue shot single and then the runners advanced on a wild pitch. However, Austin continued his ineffectiveness as that out made him 2–13 since being called up to replace Chris Carter.
Severino recorded his ninth strikeout to end the fourth as Tim Anderson went down looking on an 88 mph pitch. His fastball previously hit 100 mph in that at-bat.
Ronald Torreyes was making his 6th straight start and that could continue with Castro on the disabled list. Torreyes played well earlier in the season when Didi Gregorius was on the DL. Going into this game Torreyes had a .286 average and had the game-winning RBI in Monday’s win, and when he was the everyday shortstop while Gregorius was on the DL he had a .308 average with a homer and 13 RBI in 19 games.
Aaron Judge, who extended his on-base streak to 29 straight games, hit a double to left center with two outs. That was the team’s first hit out of the infield of the game. The Yankees were not successful with a runner in scoring position again as Gary Sanchez pooped up to the second baseman in shallow center to end the top of the sixth.
Severino struck out Matt Davidson to lead off the 7th for his 10th K of the night. The next batter was Anderson and he struck out for the third time of the game. Severino then struck out Smith to pull off the feat of impressively striking out the side for his season-high and career-high 12th strikeout.
Tyler Wade pinch hit for Rob Refsnyder in the 8th for his first career at-bat. Wade came in on a hot streak as he was hitting .365 in his last 26 games at Triple-A. He had a productive at-bat as he worked a walk on a 3–2 pitch.
The next batter was Jacoby Ellsbury and his infield sincle that Todd Frazier wasn’t able to barehand put runners on first and second. After Headley’s strikeout on a changeup, Judge came through in the clutch with an RBI single up the middle to tie the score at 1 that easily scored Wade, who has a lot of speed.
Gary Sanchez was the second batter in a row to have a clutch hit as he hit a double to the gap in right center to the wall to easily score Ellsbury and Judge. Those were his 38th and 39th RBI and 27th of the RBI of June, which is the second highest total in the AL.
Tyler Clippard, who has really been struggling cently walked three batters in a row to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the eight. Clippard then rebounded to strike out Abreu and get Garcia to pop up to shallow right to Judge for the second out. Clippard lost control with Frazier at the plate whose fourth walk gave Frazier an RBI and made the score 3–2.
On a 3–2 count, with two outs, Clippard struck out Davidson with a change-up for the third out causing Clippard and Joe Girardi to show emotion and celebrate.
Clippard seemed primed to allow a few runs with bases loaded but he was impressively able to end the inning after the Rangers has scored only one run. Clippard had not been able to execute his change in recent games, which means that this could be sign of him busting out of his slump.
Matt Holliday had to miss his third consecutive game and the Yankees do know exactly what the issue is.
According to Andrew Marchand, the Yankees still can’t figure out what is exactly wrong with DH Matt Holliday.
“Holliday had a series of test and couldn’t not find what is making him feel like all his energy has been zapped,” Marchand tweeted. “Tonight will be the third game he has missed. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team will soon have to consider a DL stint if Holliday doesn’t improve soon.”
Jacoby Ellsbury reached on a catcher’s interference in the 9th, which was 29th all-time, and that one tied him with the Pete Rose for most times reaching base via catcher’s interference in baseball history.
Aaron Judge had his 51st walk in the first inning. That is four more walks than anyone else in baseball and many of his walks have come on 3–2 pitches.