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Yankees avoid being no hit but can’t avoid the shutout

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Bronx, NY (April 25) – The New York Yankees lost to the Chicago White Sox on Monday night by the score of 2-0. A.J. Burnett and Philip Humber the two starters pitched great, there was not much offense in the game at all. The Yankees did not get their first hit until the seventh inning and the White Sox scored on a play that could have had a different outcome. The White Sox did tack on an extra run in the ninth but the Yankees were not going to score on this night.

Burnett pitched eight innings giving up one run on three hits. He walked two and struck out two. It was the best start of the year for Burnett and it is a shame that he took the loss. He has pitched well this season but this was a dominating performance. Rafael Soriano pitched an inning and gave up a run on two hits. The run that scored was on a pop up that should have been caught but no one went for it near the pitcher’s mound and it fell. I would not fault Soriano on that although Joe Girardi says that the Yankees teach their pitchers to get a ball like that.

The offense was nonexistent. Alex Rodriguez broke up the no hitter with a clean single up the middle in the seventh inning. Curtis Granderson had a hit and a walk. Mark Teixeira had a walk, a pitch hit Nick Swisher, and Eric Chavez had a hit. The Yankees were 0-4 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base. There are not going to be many nights when the Yankees bats are shutdown but this was one of them. The Yankees never hit players they have not seen before and it is a mystery.

In the fourth inning, the White Sox got a run. Carlos Quentin led off with a double on a ball that was deflected off the glove of Granderson. It could have been an out or at least only a single and maybe they would not have scored a run, who knows how the game would have changed. The White Sox scored on an RBI groundout by Adam Dunn. The White Sox would add a run in the ninth inning. Paul Konerko hit an RBI single but the inning started on a pop up that should have been caught that ended up falling for a base hit. Granderson hit a leadoff single in the ninth but was quickly erased on a double play off the bat of Teixeira. Rodriguez struck out to end the game.

It was a frustrating night for the Yankees but you are going to have those kinds of nights on occasion across a long season. The important thing for the Yankees was that Burnett pitched well. If the Yankees keep getting performances out of their pitching staff like they have been getting from Burnett, Sabathia, Garcia, and Colon then they are going to win a lot of games. The Yankees record dropped to 11-7 on the season, which is still good for first place in the division. The Yankees and White Sox will play game two of their four game series on Tuesday night with Ivan Nova taking on Gavin Floyd in the pitching matchup.

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