The New York Yankees entered Wednesday night’s contest on a three-game losing streak and having lost four of their last five. They are struggling at the wrong time of the season and need to turn it around quick if they want to make the playoffs.
Part of the reason for their recent struggles has been lack of offense, but also the performances of their “ace” C.C. Sabathia. In the Yankees’ previous seven games entering Wednesday, they had not scored more than three runs in a contest. Sabathia has allowed 27 runs in his previous four starts, 22 of them earned in 19.2 innings. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that those numbers are absolutely atrocious.
On Wednesday night, though, Sabathia looked like a new man. He had only allowed one run on a solo home run through six innings, but got into early trouble in the seventh. Still, he was able to escape with a one-run lead. Through 7.1 innings of work, he allowed three runs on five hits and struck out one. With the way he has been pitching of late, the Yankees have to be thrilled with the start Sabathia gave them tonight.
The Yankees thought they were going to have to score a lot of runs in order to win, and got on the board early. Alfonso Soriano went deep for a two-run home run in the first, and Eduardo Nunez also hit a home run.
With two outs in the ninth, no one on and the best closer in the history on the mound, everyone thought the Yankees had gotten the win they needed to get to turn their season around. However, a double followed by an Adam Dunn RBI single killed those chances.
Free baseball was played in Chicago on Wednesday night, and a 12th-inning bomb from the struggling Robinson Cano should have given the Yankees perhaps their biggest win of the season, but once again the Chicago White Sox, who came into this series losers of 10 straight, had other thoughts.
Another two-out rally, this one started with a soft ground ball off Adam Warren‘s glove that should’ve easily ended this game, sent the Yankees home.
A series sweep for the White Sox drove the nail into the coffin of the Yankees’ season.