CHICAGO — The injuries keep on coming for the decimated Yankees.
Dustin Fowler’s open rupture of the right patella tendon in his right knee was just the latest gut punch, as the 22-year-old right fielder had to be carted off the field in the first inning of his MLB debut and then undergo probable season-ending surgery.
The Yankees ultimately lost 4-3 to the White Sox on Thursday night following a two-hour, 50-minute rain delay at Guaranteed Rate Field. First pitch was at 10 p.m. CT local time. Last pitch was at 1:01 a.m. CT.
Aaron Judge struck out vs. ex-Yankee David Robertson to end the game with Brett Gardner on first.
After splitting their four-game series with last-place Chicago, the Bombers now head to Houston to open a three-game series with the best team in baseball.
On May 5, the Yankees and Cubs played a 6-hour, 5-minute, 18-inning game on getaway day at Wrigley Field.
PLAY OF THE GAME
There were several. Austin Romine and Brett Gardner made diving grabs for the Yankees. Melky Cabrera robbed Aaron Judge of a homer in the fifth inning. Even a fan in the stands made a nice catch on a foul ball off the bat of Omar Narvaez in the sixth.
Rob Refsnyder, who came into right field for the injured Dustin Fowler, dropped what should’ve been the final out of the second off the bat of Adam Engel. A run scored on the error. A second run scored when Omar Narvaez followed with an RBI single. The White Sox went up 2-0.
STAR OF THE GAME
Maybe there are better choices, but Dustin Fowler got hurt trying to catch a foul ball along the right-field line. He has always played the game hard, and that’s all you can ask for.
STAT OF THE GAME
Aaron Judge reached base for the 31st consecutive game — the longest active streak in the majors.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria. He elected to intentionally walk Aaron Judge with no one on base and two outs in the seventh, with Chicago leading by a run. It worked perfectly, as the next batter, Didi Gregorius, grounded out to end the frame. Also, struggling Tyler Clippard struck out the side in a 1-2-3 seventh.
Luis Cessa got rocked by shoddy defense, but navigated just 4.2 innings, requiring 89 pitches. The Yankees miss CC Sabathia, it’s as simple as that.
Friday at Houston, 8:10 p.m. ET Michael Pineda (7-4, 4.12 ERA) vs. Lance McCullers Jr. (7-1, 2.53)