Tough go for the Yankees last night in the second game of this Second City weekend series. They didn't pitch well and they didn't hit much. Baseball games are hard to win when you don't do those things. Bryan Mitchell got the spot start and he showed flashes of the potential that's always kept him on the Yankees' top prospect lists. His fastball was lively and his curveball drew some swings and misses. He also gave up a lot of hard contact and the White Sox got to him for 4 runs in his 4 innings of work. Alexei Ramirez tagged him for a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd, which is always embarrassing, and he set the stage for Melky Cabrera's 3-run homer in the 5th that basically put the game away.
Didi Gregorius was responsible for the first Yankee run on a 3rd inning sac fly. It could have been a 3-run home run if it wasn't for Avisail Garcia making a leaping catch at the wall. Brian McCann did hit a ball over the wall late for the second run, but in between there wasn't much else to speak of. Just a bad day all-around.
- The top 5 spots in the order (Ellsbury, Gardner, A-Rod, Teix, Young) combined to 0-16 with 4 BB and 8 K. It's not what you want.
- Diego Moreno came on in relief of Mitchell and this outing wasn't nearly as good as his Tuesday outing. He gave up the 3-run homer to Melky and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits without striking out a single batter in 3 innings.
- John Ryan Murphy went 1-2, his 5th straight game with a hit. He's actually got 9 hits and 5 RBI in those last 5 games and is hitting .289/.330/.402 on the year.