Rapid Reaction: White Sox 14, Yankees 7
June, 29, 2012
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: The expectations were low for rookie Adam Warren and he met them.
Even after Warren left, it appeared as if the White Sox were taking batting practice as they finished with 19 hits in a 14-7 win. It got so ugly that outfielder Dewayne Wise finished off the ninth for the Yankees. Wise retired both batters he faced.
The Yankees have now lost two in a row, but they are still sitting pretty in the AL East.
TATTOOED:Warren's major league debut was ugly. Warren actually struck out the first batter he ever faced, Alejandro De Aza. After walking two batters in the first, he escaped without allowing a run. In the second, though, the White Sox put a four-spot. They added two more in the third. Warren left with one out in the third inning. The fans cheered when Joe Girardi came to get Warren, but, to their credit, they gave the 24-year-old rookie a polite ovation as he walked off.
All and all, Warren went 2 1/3 innings and allowed six runs (all earned) on eight hits, walked two and struck out one. He gave up two homers.
PHELPS IN TAMPA?: The next time CC Sabathia's spot in the rotation comes up is Wednesday in Tampa. After David Phelps' 3 1/3 innings of two-run (both earned), four-hit, five-strikeout and one-walk ball, he would seem the logical choice to receive the next start. The only reason he didn't begin Friday night's game is because he wasn't stretched out. On Friday, he threw 64 pitches so it would stand to reason he could ratchet it up to the 80-pitch range on Wednesday. I would be surprised if he doesn't get the call.
JETER PASSES CAL: With his double down the line to lead off the first, Derek Jeter passed Cal Ripken Jr. and moved into 13th on the all-time hits list.
ONE GOOD START: After Jeter's double in the first, Curtis Granderson hit a popup to right that went over the wall. It was Granderson's team-leading 22nd homer. Andruw Jones nailed a two-run double to hand Warren a four-run lead. He gave it back in the second.
WADING THROUGH: Cory Wade entered in the seventh and matched Warren going 2 1/3 innings and allowing six runs.
Wade now has given up at least one run in five of his past six outings. With David Aardsma and Joba Chamberlain coming back in the next couple of months, Wade probably should think about picking it up if he wants to remain a Yankee.
MAYBE IT WAS THE HEAT: At first pitch, it was 95 degrees. Ex-Red Sox 3B, who now is a White Sox 3B, Kevin Youkilis, left the game with an upset stomach.
ON DECK: I will post a blog as soon as possible about this ugly game. So check back and then we start things up at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning with First Pitch.
QUESTION OF THE NIGHT: What do you think of the Yankees' starting pitching depth?