Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Monster Fourth Inning Gets Yankees Victory on Labor Day
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

September 2nd, 2013

Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees Post Game Recap

Final Score: White Sox 1 Yankees 9

The New York Yankees were able to pull out the win on Labor Day against the Chicago White Sox despite a lengthy rain delay. The win puts the Yankees at (73-64), which are 2.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card spot.

After an almost two-hour rain delay both Starters for each team didn’t come back to the mound once the game was finally resumed. Unfortunately for Jose Quintana the first inning run he allowed on a base-hit by Derek Jeter gave him his fifth loss of the season.

David Huff came in relief of Phil Hughes for the Yankees, and really shined earning his second win of the season. Huff went 5.2 innings allowing just one run on five hits in the win. The one mistake by Huff came in the seventh inning, when Paul Konerko hit a solo-home run, which was his 10th of the season, and the only run the white Sox would score on Monday.

The fourth inning was a big one for the Yankees, as they were able to pound Dylan Axelrod and he also had his defense let him down in the fourth as well. Mark Reynolds got the scoring going in the inning with a bullet to Third Base that was knocked down, but allowed Alex Rodriguez to score. Austin Romine then knocked in Vernon Wells and Curtis Granderson, which gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Next up was Brett Gardner, who doubled home Reynolds, and then another infield single this time by Derek Jeter scored Romine. Axelrod would get Robinson Cano to pop out, but then Alfonso Soriano doubled to Left Field, which scored Gardner making it a 7-0 game. Axelrod was finally pulled after the double by Soriano, but then Adam Dunn made a throwing error, which allowed the final two runs to score for the Yankees in the fourth. Axelrod had a rough final line going 2.1 innings allowing eight runs, six of which were earned on eight hits and two walks.

Derek Jeter had another milestone day in his career, as he was able to break out of his slump with a two-hit game. The second hit tied Jeter with Eddie Collins for ninth place on the all-time hits list with 3,313 hits.

Next up the Yankees will be sending the struggling Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89) to the mound to face off against Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99).

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