Normally, I would be thrilled to go into the Bronx for a four game set and come out with a split. Considering how the Yankees have been just rolling lately, a split seems like a best case scenario. After taking the first two with Dylan Axelrod and Jose Quintana on the bump, it feels disappointing to drop the next two.
The White Sox had Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd lined up to take the series win, but the offense fell short in both cases.
In game one Axelrod somehow survived seven innings while only giving up two runs. It felt like he was walking a tight rope all game, but he kept making it across. Unfortunately for him, Ivan Nova was just a little better. Fortunately for the Sox, the Yankees crumbled in the final frame. Clay Rapada’s throwing error fueled a comeback that ended with the Cuban Tank launching a missile into deep left.
Game two had a little bit of everything. Sox bats did so much damage, the Yanks had to call upon Dewayne Wise to get them an inning of work. Konerko, Pierzynski and Ramirez all homered as the palehose battered Yankee call up Adam Warren on their way to a 14-7 win.
Game three was just another Peavy outing where the Sox bats took the night off. Peavy wasn’t perfect, but he struck out 11 in a complete game loss. Three home runs would do in the right hander as the Sox failed to put up much of a fight against Kuroda. In the last four Peavy starts (all losses), the offense has mustered a meager two runs.
Game four started off promising with two quick runs off Phil Hughes, but the young righty slammed the door the next seven innings. Gavin Floyd danced out of danger in the first. He loaded the bases with nobody out, but a home to first double play deflated the first inning rally. After consecutive outings of shutout ball, Floyd failed to make it out of the sixth and the Sox bats could never get it going.
On the surface a split in New York seems like a positive outcome, but it feels like the Sox let a series win get away. They had a chance to gain some serious momentum if you believe in such a thing before finishing the first half with Texas and Toronto. Despite the consecutive losses, the Sox still have a 1.5 game lead and continue to survive a rough stretch before the All Star Break.
The Sox All Stars are Chris Sale, Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko. Jake Peavy fell just short, but is on the final vote.
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