Yanks Can’t Get the Big Hit AGAIN. Blow Great Start by Cole. ChiSox 5 NY 1

For the second game in the row the Yankees loaded the base paths with runners, thanks to lots of walks by the opposing pitchers — but left most of them stranded, many in scoring position — in another frustrating loss, this time 5-1 to the White Sox on a Monday night in Chicago.

Dylan Cease of the White Sox had a no hitter going into the 6th, but had walked 7 Yankees.

  • Cease walked bases loaded with nobody out in the 2nd inning, but the Yanks couldn’t score.
  • NY finally broke up the no hitter and then some with 3 straight singles in the 6th to load the bases with 1 out, but couldn’t score.
  • The Yanks loaded the bases with nobody out in the 7th — and finally scored their only run. Just the one.

With another frustrating offensive performance the Yankees wasted another terrific pitching performance by Gerrit Cole, who pitched into the 8th down 2-1. Cole got burned by the bullpen as well — leaving with 2 runners on in the 8th that Tommy Kahnle allowed to score, making it 5-1.

Aaron Judge led off the 9th with a double, and was moved to 3rd with 1 out, but the Yankees couldn’t even score him as a meaningless run to make the final score closer.

Aaron Boone was thrown out for arguing strike calls with home-plate umpire Laz Diaz — mocking Diaz’s animated strike call, which went viral (see below).

“I just thought there were a ton of pitches (missed) all night,” said Boone afterwards. “I’m not going to get into that. We had our chances tonight and couldn’t capitalize.”

NY drops back into dead last at 58-55, 12.5 back of Baltimore, 9.5 behind Tampa, 5.5 behind Toronto and .5 behind Boston. Chicago is now 46-68.

1. Cole Tremendous

Cole’s final line was 7 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs and a loss to go 10-3 2.75. He pitched a lot better than that line. The Yankee inept offense hurt his Cy Young bid just a little bit; this should have been a win.

Cole’s big mistake came in the 2nd — a walk to Joan Moncada and homerun to Andrew Vaughn to make it 2-0 White Sox. That doomed him. Beyond that he was brilliant.

2. Cease with Wicked Stuff Ceases Yank Offense

Dylan Cease entered with a 4-5 4.61 record and when he walked the bases loaded with nobody out in the 3nd, it looked like the Yankees would dispense with him quickly.

But he got Anthony Volpe and Ben Rortvedt to his shallow fly ball outs and Jake Bauers to ground out to end the threat.

Cease last year was 14-8 2.20 after going 13-7 3.91 so he’s not just anybody — he’s one of the better pitchers in the AL despite his struggles this year.

Cease had Wicked stuff this evening — so wicked he could barely control it — thus the walks.

  • Cease walked 2 in the 3rd amidst 2 outs — but got DJ LeMahieu to ground out to end the inning leaving runners on 1st and 2nd.
  • Cease walked Anthony Volpe in the 4th, but Ben Rortvedt popped out on the 3rd pitch, before Volpe could steal 2nd. It wouldn’t have mattered as Jake Bauers struck out.

Through 5 innings you looked up and Cease had a no-hit shutout going and had struck out 6 Yankees – despite 7 walks.

Finally with 1 out in the 6th, DJ LeMahieu broke up the no hitter with a single to left, sending Cease to the showers.

Brent Honeywell relieved Cease and allowed consecutive singles to Harrison Bader and Anthony Volpe to load the bases with 1 out. NY down 2-0.

But Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a shallow fly to right and Bauers grounded out to end the threat, leaving bases loaded.

3. Yankees Score a Run!

Lane Ramsey came in to pitch the top of the 7th, and Aaron Judge met him with a single.

Next batter Gleyber Torres reached on an infield single, and Giancarlo Stanton walked to load the bases with nobody out.

Billy McKinney hit a sac fly to center for the first Yankee run. ChiSox 2 NY 1.

But then LeMahieu struck out and Bader struck out to leave bases loaded. Again.

4. Boone a Highlight

A highlight of the game came in the top of the 8th when Aaron Boone put on a show arguing strike calls by homeplate ump Laz Diaz, mocking Diaz’s strike call.

The play made Pitching Ninja highlights.

Which carried into the stands.

After the game, the UmpireScorecards twitter account showed Boone was right.

5. Kahnle Puts It Out of Reach

Cole pitched into the 8th — down 2-1 and having only allowed 3 hits. But consecutive singles to start the inning sent him to the showers.

Tommy Kahnle came in, and Zach Remilard bunted the runners — Kahnle made an error in fielding the ball and everyone was safe — bases loaded nobody out.

The White Sox took advantage of the situation — a sac fly by Andrew Benintendi and 2-RBI double by Luis Robert Jr.and it was 5-1 Chisox.

Aaron Judge led off the 9th with a double, Gleyber Torres hit a deep fly to move Judge to 3rd with 1 out, but Stanton fouled out and McKinney struck out for the old ballgame.


  • Aaron Judge broke out of a mini slump going 2-4 with a walk to raise his average to .282 (.406 OBP)

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