The New York Yankees entered Wednesday night hoping to avoid an embarrassing series sweep by the Chicago White Sox, and for most of the game it looked like they’d be successful. Despite several squandered opportunities with runners on base, they took a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth. Mariano Rivera came in for the save, but Adam Dunn slapped one past third base with two outs to tie the game. In extras, Robinson Cano‘s go-ahead homer would be for naught after Alejandro De Aza drove in the winning run on a walk-off triple.
And just like that, the Yankees lost another game that should’ve been theirs. Even worse, they fell to seven games back in the Wild Card hunt.
The good news on Wednesday was that C.C Sabathia wasn’t completely horrendous like he had been in his previous five starts. He made it through seven innings with limited damage, searching for a way to get his tenth win of the season. Sabathia put the Yankees in a position to win but got no help from the offense or the bullpen. He wasn’t charged with the loss, but he’ll have to wait even longer for that tenth win.
Had the Yankees won on Wednesday, it still wouldn’t have changed the fact that they have not won a series since the beginning of July. Earlier in the year, it seemed like the Yankees just had to stay afloat until they got healthy. Now it’s looking like they’re sinking faster than ever, and their playoff hopes are becoming a long shot.