Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Yanks Lose Series As They Get Shut Out By Chicago, 5-0

On an overcast night in Chicago, the Yankees and the White Sox faced off and the rubber game of the three-game series. Michael Pineda took his string of five consecutive quality starts to the mound to oppose Chicago. Trying to silence the Yankee offense that put a nine spot on the Pale Hose last night, Miguel Gonzalez and his 4.88 ERA took the ball for the White Sox. But that same offense that put up nine runs a night ago was stymied by the Chicago right-hander as they Lost the game and the series tonight.

It looked like the April version of Pineda tonight as the White Sox got to Big Mike in the second inning. With two outs, Pineda gave up a line drive single to right-field off the bat of Bret Lawrie, who advanced to second on a wild pitch to the next batter Dioner Navarro. Navarro walked and then Avisail Garcia drove Lawrie in when he smoked a single into left, 1-0 Chicago. The next batter centerfielder J.B. Shuck hit a ground-rule double that scored Navarro and moved Garcia to third, 2-0. And then Tim Anderson capped off the second when he followed up with a two RBI double that put the Sox up by a slam. Like I said, April-Pineda = two-run rally time.

Pineda would settle down over the next few innings but found himself in more trouble in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, the right-hander walked Melky Cabrera, who advanced to third on a single by Todd Frazier. Brett Lawrie drove in the fifth White Sox run of the game when he grounded into a force out to the shortstop Gregorius that scored Cabrera and made it a 5-0 contest. It was all threes and fives for #35 as he was lifted before the start of the seventh. leaving with a final line of six innings pitched, allowing five earned runs on five hits while walking three and striking out five. Nathan Eovaldi, who has really struggled as a starter lately, made only his fourth appearance out of the bullpen in relief of Pineda, the first time doing so in pinstripes.

The Yankee offense has a way of making a below average starter look like an all star and such was the case tonight. Miguel Gonzalez was dominant tonight over New York, pitching seven scoreless innings while allowing just five hits, walking one and striking out three. Zach Duke and David Robertson combined to complete the shut out of the pop-less Pinstripers as they dropped yet another series.

New York flies home tonight and will begin a four-game series with the AL Central leading Cleveland Indians, with first pitch scheduled tomorrow night for 7:05 PM ET.

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