By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
September 4th, 2013
Chicago White Sox vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: White Sox 5 Yankees 6
The New York Yankees were able to complete the sweep at home of the Chicago White Sox, despite almost blowing their lead in the late innings. The win moves the Yankees to (75-64), which is 2.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.
C.C Sabathia was able to put together a pretty good start together on Wednesday night, as he picked up his 13th win of the season. The first inning was to good for Sabathia, but he kept the damage at a minimum, as only one run scored on Avisail Garcia double that scored Gordon Beckham. Sabathia went into the eighth inning, but after two singles allowed he was pulled for David Robertson, who allowed both of Sabathia's runners to score, which hurt his final line. Sabathia finished going 7.1 innings allowing three runs on five hits and four walks.
The White Sox sent Starter Erik Johnson to the mound, as the rookie got to make his major league debut in Yankees Stadium, but it wasn’t a fairytale for Johnson, as he was handed his first lost in the majors. In the first inning Robinson Cano welcomed him to the big leagues by blasting a solo-home run, which was his 26th home run of the season. The fourth inning was a rough one for the rookie Johnson, as the Yankees were able to score four runs. A double by Lyle Overbay broke the tied game up, as Alex Rodriguez scored. Brett Gardner would clear the bases with a triple that scored Ichiro Suzuki who reached on a error by Johnson, and Overbay scored as well. Cano would get an infield single to score Gardner, which capped off the four-run inning. Johnson finished his first major league start going six innings allowing five runs, three of which were earned on seven hits and three walks.
In the seventh inning the Yankees would be able to get one more run, which turned out to be a very important one against the White Sox bullpen, as Alfonso Soriano hit a sac-fly to score Derek Jeter off of Daniel Webb.
David Robertson was the one down side of the game for the Yankees, as he allowed all of his inherited runners to score in the eighth inning, and then allowed two more to score on top of that, as it turned into a four-run eighth inning before Mariano Rivera came in to get the final out of the inning. Rivera would stay on for the ninth and get the four-out save on just 15 pitches, as he now has 41 saves on the season.
Next up for the Yankees will be a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox, as Ivan Nova (8-4, 2.88) will be taking the mound against Jake Peavy (11-5, 3.91), as Game 1 of this series should be a good pitching match-up.