Both starting pitchers did an excellent job of keeping their teams in the game. Ivan Nova started for the Yankees and his sole blemish was a homer to Alejandro De Aza in the top of the fifth. De Aza had four hits in the game. Nova pitched seven and a third innings and allowed six hits and three walks. Nova struck out five in the game and was in line for his tenth victory if the Yankees could have hung on for the win.
The White Sox starter, Dylan Axelrod, did a fine job of keeping the Yankees just off balance enough to give his team a chance to win. The Yankees would score their only two runs off of him in the bottom of the fifth. In that frame, Curtis Granderson hit a single with two outs and then Alex Rodriguez hit a long drive to the left-center gap and after a long run, De Aza had the ball hit off the heel of his glove for what was ruled a double. Granderson, running full speed with two outs, scored easily. Robinson Cano followed with a booming double to the right-center gap to score A-Rod, but Texeira ended the threat with a grounder to second.
After Nova got the first out in the eighth, Girardi began his mix and match routine and it worked perfectly as Boone Logan and Eppley got their men. The Yankees tacked on a third run in the bottom of the eighth on a solo homer by Mark Teixeira off of Hector Santiago into the left field bleachers and the Yankees just needed three outs in the ninth to win the game. The win never came.
Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira – A-Rod did what designated hitters are supposed to do and went two for four with two doubles. The quartet accounted for all three of the Yankees’ runs.
Ivan Nova – He didn’t bring his A-game, but it was a good performance and he should have gotten the win.
Joe Girardi – His decision not to start the ninth with Robertson was more than curious.
Clay Rapada – How can you throw that ball into center field? Come on now.
Eric Chavez – Took the collar and left four men on base with his at bats.