(Tough night, kid. Courtesy of The AP)
The first CC-less outing in CC's spot in the rotation since he joined the Yankees went about as poorly as it possibly could have. It was not a good night for Adam Warren and it didn't get much better when any of the relievers who entered after he left came into the game. Just an all-around bad pitching night and a bad loss, and the Yankees will probably have to make some more call-ups today to have a full bullpen of available pitchers.
- The best thing that could have happened for Warren was to get an early lead, and the offense staked him to a 4-0 in the bottom of the 1st thanks to a Curtis Granderson 2-run HR and an Andruw Jones 2-run double.
- The lead didn't last long, though, as Warren gave the 4 runs back in the 2nd. A.J. Pierzynski led off the inning with a HR, Gordon Beckham hit a 2-run double of his own, and Kevin Youkilis plated one with a groundout.
- Paul Konerko led off the 3rd with another solo HR, and after 3 more hits and 1 more run, Warren's night was finished. It was a rough outing for Warren, who couldn't locate his fastball on the corners and never commanded any of his offspeed stuff. The White Sox hitters were perfectly comfortable at the plate and just teed off on the kid.
- David Phelps made his return, and struck out the side in the 4th. Jayson Nix followed that up in the bottom half with a 2-run double and it was a 6-6 ballgame.
- But Phelps would struggle through the next 2 innings, allowing a run in each, 1 on Pierzynski's 2nd homer of the night, and Chicago led once again 8-6.
- The offense would score only 1 more run on a Robinson Cano groundout in the 7th, and sacrificial lamb Cory Wade got torched for 6 more runs through the last 3 innings to solidify the loss. Wade was so bad that he couldn't even finish the 9th inning and Dewayne Wise had to come in to get the final 2 outs.
- There's no way to sugarcoat how bad the pitching was last night. 14 runs on 19 hits, 4 walks, and 4 HR allowed is just putrid.
- Jones: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 LOB. He looked lost in his PH at-bat on Thursday night, so it was good to see Andruw come back and get some good swings in against a lefty last night.
- Warren: 2.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, . Like I said on the Facebook Page last night, I don't want to be too hard on the kid considering he was making his Major League debut last night. But Warren looked completely overmatched. Nothing was working, he wasn't fooling anybody, and he didn't show a whole helluva lot. It would be foolish to let him start again the next time around.
- Wade: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Wade hasn't just regressed, he's completely fallen off the cliff.
2 straight losses and a series victory is already off the table heading into the weekend's games. The good news is that the division lead is still at a healthy 4 games, and the Yankees will send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound today to try to at least maintain it. Opposing him will be likely All Star Jake Peavy.