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Monday, June 4, 2007

Game recap: Yankees at White Sox 6/4/07

Momentum is only as good as your next day's starting pitcher. Because Matt DeSalvo is not very good, the Yankees had absolutely no momentum going into Monday night's game in Chicago after last night's emotional victory up in Boston.

DeSalvo, making the emergency start because of Roger Clemens' "fatigued groin," was only able to get four outs in the Yankees 6-4 loss to the White Sox. In the process, he gave up two earned runs (plus one unearned run), four hits and one walk.

Any positives the Yankees could have picked up by winning the weekend series in the Boston quickly went out the window.

It also didn't help that Chicago starter Jon Garland pitched arguably his best game of the season. The right-hander went 8 1-3 innings, only surrendering one earned run.

Garland allowed a run in the first inning after a Tadahito Iguchi error and a Bobby Abreu double. After that, the Yankees didn't score until the ninth inning.

The big blows came off the bats of Jim Thome and Paul Konerko, who both homered.

The Yankees staged a rally in the ninth. Following a Hideki Matsui double and a Robinson Cano walk, Josh Phelps singled, scoring Matsui. Melky Cabrera then hit a sacrifice fly, something the Yankees couldn't seem to do last night. Johnny Damon was able to keep the game alive on an infield single, and Miguel Cairo, running for Phelps, scored on Iguchi's throwing error.

Derek Jeter, who went 0-5 tonight, made the final out on a grounder to short. Since going 3-5 against Boston on May 23, the Yankee captain is seven for his last 44 with only one RBI.

Garland improved to 4-3 on the season, while DeSalvo fell to 1-3. White Sox closer Bobby Jenks received his 16th save of the season.

Tomorrow night, the Yankees will throw another rookie to the wolves, in the person of Tyler Clippard. He will face off against left-hander Mark Buehrle.

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press and Yahoo! Sports


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