With Aaron Judge not in the lineup for a second straight game, the Yankees could not complete the comeback in their 3-2 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday night at The Stadium.
– Smoke from the Canadian wildfire engulfed The Bronx on Tuesday night as the air quality index (AQi) was at 155 at first pitch but got progressively worse as the game went on.
– Clarke Schmidt came into Tuesday’s game with a couple of solid outings under his belt. He’s gone at least five innings and given up two or less runs in each of his last three starts as he seems to have hit his stride this season. However, he would run into some bad luck on this day.
He got “porched” by backup catcher Seby Zavala in the third inning to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead. Zavala would get a hold of another Schmidt pitch in the fifth inning to give Chicago a 3-0 lead. Schmidt came in not giving up a home run in his last four starts. He gave up two in this one.
Schmidt got through six innings (79 pitches/52 strikes), scattering six hits, giving up three runs and striking out just one. He lowered his ERA from 5.01 to 4.96 after Tuesday’s start.
– On the other side, Lucas Giolito had the Yankees flummoxed at The Stadium. The Bombers were no-hit through six innings against the righty. Aside from giving up three walks, Giolito kept the Yankees off the board going six innings (100 pitches/58 strikes) and striking out seven batters.
– In the absence of Aaron Judgethe Yankees batters barely got on base. Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rizzo walked in the first inning, pocketed Anthony Volpe stranded them. Volpe did get on first with a walk in the fourth, and stole second on the first pitch for his 14th stolen base of the season (he’s 14-for-14). It’s his first stolen base since May 13.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa would get the first Yankee hit with two outs in the seventh inning off of reliever Joe Kelly. The double dropped in between Andrew Benintendi and Luis Robert after there was some miscommunication. Willie Calhounwho walked, scored on the IKF double, which was followed by a Jose Trevino single. Former Yankee Clint Frazier stopped IKF from scoring with a strong throw from right field. Jake Bauers would ground out to end the threat after a questionable strike call negated a walk that would have loaded the bases.
– In the ninth inning and the Yankees down 3-1, cancer survivor Liam Hendriks came on to close out the game. Donaldson would lead off with a solo shot to left field to cut the deficit to 3-2. It’s Donaldson’s third home run since returning from the IL last Friday. Volpe, Calhoun and IKF followed the homer with three straight groundouts to end the game.
The Yankees continue their three-game series against the White Sox on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
With Nestor Cortes on the IL, Randy Vasquez will make his second career start for the Yankees as he goes up against RHP Lance Lynn (4-6, 6.55 ERA).