Luis Severino struck out a career-high 12 batters through seven solid innings, but the Yankee bullpen gave up three runs in the last two frames to give the game to the White Sox.
José Abreu ripped a two-run single off Dellin Betances in the ninth inning to give the White Sox a walk-off win. For the second consecutive night, the Bombers struggled to find a way to finish the game. Severino didn’t walk a single batter, but Domingo Germán, Tyler Clippard and Betances combined to walk six batters.
Clippard pitched admirably, fighting an inconsistent strike zone from Joe West to only let one inherited runner score. Betances, however, could not find the strike zone and allowed the winning runs to score.
The Yankees put together a three-run rally in the top of the eighth. Tyler Wade walked in his first big league plate appearance, Jacoby Ellsbury singled and then Aaron Judge tied the game with an RBI single. Gary Sánchez followed with a two-RBI double to put the Yankees up 3 to 1.
As the trends continue to show, the bullpen has been unable to get it done. Joe Girardi said after the game that versatile reliever Chad Green and closer Aroldis Chapman were both unavailable due to overuse in recent contests. That forced the Yankees’ usage of Germán and Clippard.Embed from Getty Images