Game 153 / 84-69 / 2nd / -4 GB : Not that anyone is really paying attention to it, but the Yankees dropped to 4 games back in the AL East with 9 to play tonight, in a unspirited 5-2 loss to the White Sox while the Toronto Blue Jays took care of business at home against Tampa. New York was treated to 6 free passes and 2 hit batsmen, but not a single one scored, while not missing an opportunity to hit into a double play.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
White Sox 5, Yankees 2
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- Big Man Grinds CC Sabathia wasn’t as overpowering as his previous 3 starts since coming off the DL, but worked himself at least out of big trouble when he needed to early, then settled down — until the 7th — when he served up solo 2 long balls for a 4-2 Chicago lead. If the offense did half of it’s job, CC would not have been out there for the 7th,
- Who’s On Second? Another good at the plate for Rob Refsynder, but he did get deked on the ‘swim’ move by Alexei Ramirez. LoHud’s Vince Mercogliano brings up an interesting thought on which second baseman make Joe Girardi’s post-season roster — assuming there is one – in this post.
- The Return of D-Rob Facing the only organization he’d ever know prior to signing with Chicago in the off-season, David Robertson took the mound in the 9th in a save situation, and make quick work of Ellsbury, Gregorius and Gardner.
“We hit some double-play balls. A couple important ones with runners in scoring position, and that was the biggest problem. Rodon’s got really good stuff and he gets a lot of ground balls. At their place, we were able to stay away from it. Tonight, we didn’t.” ‐ Joe Girardi (h/t: Bryan Hoch and Scott Merkin / MLB.com)
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 2014, Derek Jeter makes his last game at Yankee Stadium very memorable when he drives in the winning run with a ninth-inning opposite field one-out single off of Evan Meek in the team’s 6-5 walk-off win over Baltimore. The Captain’s heroics help the Bronx Bombers overcome blowing a three-run lead in top of the frame…
Today in 1995, the Yankees purchased Rick Honeycutt from the Oakland Athletics…
On September 25, 1960, The Yankees clinched the American League flag with a 4-3 victory over Boston at Fenway Park. The title will be 70 year-old Casey Stengel‘s tenth and last pennant as he will be let go after the Bronx Bombers lose the World Series, being replaced by the team’s hitting coach Ralph Houk…
(h/t: NationalPastime.com, Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : Happy 46th Birthday to David Weathers, an integral member of the 1996-97 squads, and also a Happy 46th to Tony Womack, of the 2005 Yankees. Today is also the 98th anniversary of Phil Rizzuto‘s birth. We miss you, Scooter!