(I'd be bumming too if I had to hit against Sale. Courtesy of Getty Images)
I really don't understand why Joe played Derek Jeter
and Brian McCann
on Wednesday. Day game after a night game, series starting against a better team in the same town on Thursday, why not take advantage against a crummy team like the Cubs? Joe didn't and his lineup for last night's series opener against the White Sox suffered for it. Ellsbury leading off again, Jeter DHing #2, Solarte 5th, and a 6-9 of Roberts, Murphy, Ryan, and Zoilo. No McCann, no Brett Gardner
(???), and Chicago ace Chris Sale
coming off the DL. Not a recipe for a lot of runs. Or no runs, to be more accurate. Because that's how many the Yankees got off Sale.
- David Phelps
has this Hughes-ian habit of not being able to finish off batters or innings. He couldn't put away old man Paul Konerko
after getting him down 0-2 with 2 outs in the 2nd and the White Sox strung together 3 hits and a walk to put 2 runs on the board.
- Sale absolutely tore through the Yankee lineup. No hits through 5, 9 strikeouts including the side in the 1st and 3rd innings, and not even a single ball out of the infield through the first 4 innings.
- Phelps settled down after the 2nd and actually worked pretty efficiently into the 7th without giving up any more runs. Retired 10 in a row at one point and let his defense work for him instead of trying to strike everybody out.
- The Yanks did finally get a hit, a Zoilo Almonte
single in the top of the 6th, but they never came close to scoring against Sale. They only started getting chances because Sale was removed after 6 innings.
- Phelps went 7 and Joe went to Alfredo Aceves
for the 8th. He did Alfredo Aceves things that added up to another White Sox insurance run.
- The only real chance the Yanks got against the Chicago bullpen came in the 9th when Ichiro singled, Jeter walked. and they moved up on a passed ball. Mark Teixeira
knocked them both home with a 2-out, 2-run single to make it interesting, but Alfonso Soriano
struck out to end it.