New York Yankees 5 — Chicago White Sox 6
The Yankees stage a comeback late in the game but a bomb blows the Yankees away.
Tonight’s Chicago White Sox starter was a familiar face. The second piece sent in the Jesus Montero trade, Hector Noesi found himself on his third team of the season and he was on the mound to face his first team. With two outs and two on in the first inning, Brian McCann gave the Yankees the early lead with a three-run home run. His seventh home run of the season went to right center field and Hiroki Kuroda had an early lead to work with.
Hiroki Kuroda depends on the defense around him to make his starts move along nicely. After giving up a leadoff single, Kuroda would get the next two outs. Needing just one out, Kuroda generated a ground ball to third baseman Yangervis Solarte who made a throw to first base but Kelly Johnson could not come up with the throw, charging Johnson with the error. As a result of the error, the single would come around to score and the White Sox were on the board.
After getting around the bases loaded in the third inning, Kuroda’s defense would let him down once again. With two outs and two on in the fourth inning, Kuroda would get a soft ground ball to second baseman Brian Roberts. He would throw to Johnson at first once again and he would not come up with it, charging the error to Roberts. On the error, the White Sox would score their second run of the game.
In the fifth inning, Hiroki Kuroda would walk Adam Dunn on a full count with two outs and he would pay for that. On a first pitch fastball to Alexei Ramirez, the White Sox took the lead. The two-run home run by Ramirez made the 3-2 lead a 4-3 deficit.
In a very struggling 4.2 innings, Hiroki Kuroda allowed four runs, two earned, on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts. It was far from a great start by Kuroda but a pair of runs scored on some defensive errors that normally would be turned with a more comfortable first baseman playing.
While the White Sox chipped away at the Yankees lead, Hector Noesi toughed out six quality innings. In the third inning, Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter led off the inning with a pair of singles but the Yankees would get three consecutive outs, ending a good start. In the fourth inning, the Yankees had two walked but could not make the most of that. Over six innings, Noesi allowed three runs, all in the first inning, while walking five and striking out three.
The White Sox bullpen took over in the seventh inning and they gave the game back to the Yankees. Lefty Scott Downs would give up a pair of singles to start the inning and strangely was replaced with a righty Jake Petricka for Brett Gardner. Runners would advance on a sacrifice bunt by Gardner and after a walk to Derek Jeter, the slumping Jacoby Ellsbury would have a chance to be the hero. A wild pitch by Petricka would make things a little easier as the tying run scored. Ellsbury would hit a sacrifice fly and the Yankees had the lead.
After three innings put together by Dellin Betances and Adam Warren, that included five strikeouts, David Robertson came in for a four-out save in the eighth inning. After finishing off the eighth inning, Robertson continued to the ninth with a one-run lead. After a leadoff single, slugger Adam Dunn would jump on an 0-2 fastball and that was all she wrote.
The walk-off two-run home run created the first blown save of the season for David Robertson.
Win – Daniel Webb (4-0)
Loss – David Robertson (0-1)
*Brian McCann – 1 for 5, R, 3-Run Home Run (7) in the 1st, 3 RBI (21)
*Derek Jeter – 2 for 4, R, BB
*Adam Dunn – 1 for 4, 2 R, BB, Walk-off 2-Run Home Run (8) in the 9th, 2 RBI (21)
*Alexei Ramirez – 3 for 4, R, 2-Run Home Run (7) in the 5th, 2 RBI (34)
Current Yankees Record: 24-23