(Courtesy of the AP)
On Thursday night, the Yankees faced Chris Sale making his first start coming off the DL. He abused them. Last night, they were facing former prospect Hector Noesi and hoping for much better results with the bats. Noesi's basically done nothing but get knocked around by MLB hitters since being traded to Seattle a few years ago. They hit him up for a few runs early, but not enough to gain a truly comfortable lead. They'd eventually cough up the one they had and lose in a walk-off.
- Eventful 1st inning. Brian McCann smacked a 3-run home run in the top half, Hiroki Kuroda battled his command and Kelly Johnson botched a play at first base to give the White Sox an unearned run. 3-1 Yanks.
- Chicago got another run in the 4th on 3 singles and took the lead in the 5th on a 2-run home run by Alexei Ramirez. Kuroda didn't have his sinker or his splitter working and he didn't make it out of the 5th inning.
- Noesi settled down after the 3-run 1st and made it through 6 without further damage. The Yanks let him off the hook by grounding into 2 double plays and leaving 2 runners on in the 3rd and 4th innings.
- They regained the lead in the 7th when Chicago went to its bullpen. With the bases loaded and 1 out, Jake Petricka threw a wild pitch that allowed Brian Roberts to score. On the next pitch, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a sac fly to make it 5-4 Yanks.
- The bullpen core (Betances, Warren, D-Rob) worked into the 9th after Kuroda left and did so without giving up another run. It took just 6 pitches to undo that work in the bottom of the 9th. Leadoff single by Dayan Viciedo, walk-off HR by Adam Dunn on a misplaced cutter, White Sox win.
- 1st Inning McCann: 1-1, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI. Got the scoring started.
- Dellin Betances: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. If he wasn't so good as the new fireman, I'd suggest him swapping jobs with Warren because Warren has been very hittable lately.
- Rest of the Game McCann: 0-4, 5 LOB. Was a major factor in the middle inning scoring drought.
- Kuroda: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K. His defense betrayed him twice to drive up his pitch count, but 10 baserunners and 100 pitches in less than 5 innings is never good and Kuroda's lack of command was mostly to blame for that.
- D-Rob: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. First blown save of the year. We'll probably never see Joe go to him for more than a 3-out save again until August.
That's 2 down to put the Yanks in a hole for the rest of this weekend 4-gamer. They'll try to climb out with Vidal Nuno on the mound against John Danks this afternoon.