CHICAGO – Aroldis Chapman got one Saturday night and then everything fell apart. Trying to hold on to a draw, the Yankees instead gave up the singles game, fought back, and then Louis Robert hit an RBI single when the White Sox defeated the Bombers 3-2 at Guaranteed Rate Field.
“There’s a good game of baseball. We played well for two teams, ”Chapman said through Yankees translator Marlon Abreu. “It got in the middle, and then the walk, everything got a little complicated there, we have to pay tribute to them.”
It was the Yankees’ first defeat (24-9) in six games. They have already assured at least a split of this series of four games with the White Sox (16-16) and will win Sunday in the series final in the 10th series. The Yankees dropped to 2-7 when they scored two or fewer runs this season. It was the first game in the last five games when the Bombers did not reach home run after 11 in the last four games.
However, they had a chance, leveling it at the top of the ninth inning when Joey Gallo brought out with Liam Hendrix and moved on to third place in Isaiah Keener-Falef’s single. He scored a goal on the sacrificial mule of Kayla Higashioki, but Keener-Falefa knocked down the rally by throwing himself out of third base in the same game. DJ LeMahieu finished the inning 2-2.
Chapman abandoned Tim Anderson’s single with one release and then bypassed Ioan Mancado to the fullest. Robert’s ground ball just past the water jump, Anthony Ritz won the White Sox.
Dallas Keichel closed the Yankees for five innings, scattering four punches. He walked three and knocked out three. The left-hander has always been a thorn in the side of the Yankees, especially during his time with Astros. In nine starts against the bombers Kochel had a 2.23 ERA.
The Yankee strikers, who scored 25 runs in the first two games of the series, had their chances. LeMaché brought out the game in singles, Giancarlo Stanton brought out second with a double, but the Bombers got nothing. In the fifth, as Kochel was clearly tired, he made two, two exits to load the base. Ritz, who was whistled here when he returned to the city, where he played for a decade around the city, came up with a chance to break through and safely moved to second base.
After Montgomery and Kechel were long gone, the White Sox handed over the game to Joe Kelly, who exploded Thursday night and the bombers were able to break through. In the eighth, Aaron Judge lined up one-out in the center field, and Ritz’s ball went past Josh Harrison’s shot. Stanton decided to bring the first Yankee launch. Tony La Rousseau, who allowed Kelly to explode on Thursday, went and got it after Stanton’s single. Hendrix knocked out Donaldson at 98 mph in the zone and went on a fastball at 99 mph in the same spot to defeat Gleiber Torres and put an end to the Yankee threat.
This lack of resentment has become all too common when left-hander Jordan Montgomery takes the mound.
Montgomery started with an average of just 2.33 running support for nine innings. However, on Saturday night Montgomery was not as sharp as in the first five starts. He struggled to set his curveball to keep the strikers away from his fastball. He received 10 swings and misses, four with substitutions and 11 calls for strikes, five on his sinker.
“I really had nothing to work on today. I just felt like my time was honestly different every inning, ”Montgomery said.“ I could never get comfortable and [gave up] a lot of walks and deep counts, so I could not attack and break the ball as I wanted, but I gave everything I had.
He allowed two runs on Robert, an RBI single and a Moncada home run to bring out the third. It was only the third home run he allowed this season. The White Sox received six blows from him, he knocked out four and passed three. In the fourth inning, Adam Engel’s move was the first that Montgomery has designed in 87 bouncers since his launch on April 21 in Detroit.