Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Yankees Rally in 8th Inning to Beat White Sox
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

September 3rd, 2013

Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees Post Game Recap

Final Score: White Sox 4 Yankees 6

The New York Yankees were able to get a big come from behind win against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, in a game and series that the Yankees desperately need to win against a poor White Sox team. The win moves the Yankees to (74-64), which is 2.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card spot.

Once again for the Yankees their Starter Hiroki Kuroda didn’t look to good, but with a late rally from the offense, Kuroda got a no decision. The White Sox wasted little time getting to Kuroda, as Adam Dunn had a RBI single to score Gordon Beckham. In the fifth inning the Sox would get to Kuroda for two runs on an Alexi Ramirez RBI triple, which gave them a 3-1 lead at the time. In the seventh inning Alejandro De Aza would take Kuroda deep for his 15th home run of the season, which was a solo-shot, and chased Kuroda from the game. Kuroda finished going 6.1 innings allowing four runs on seven hits, and two walks, while striking out seven batters.

White Sox Starter Chris Sale, as expected was very good, but despite Sale pitching very well he was let down by his bullpen, and got a no decision for his efforts. The first run the Yankees would score came in an unusual way, as on a double steal Vernon Wells was able to swipe home on a bad throw by Ramirez, which allowed Nunez to steal Second Base too. The eighth inning was the difference in this game, as after a base-hit by Derek Jeter and then a double by Robinson Cano, Sale would be pulled from the game with one out in the inning for Nate Jones. A single by Alfonso Soriano, scored Jeter and Cano making it a 4-3 game, and after Soriano, Alex Rodriguez also singled, which led to Nate Jones being pulled for Donnie Veal. Curtis Granderson would pinch-hit for Wells, and tie the game up with a single that scored Soriano. After a strike out of Mark Reynolds, Veal was pulled for Matt Lindstrom, who would come in to face Nunez. The Yankees Shortstop would win this battle, with a clutch two-out, two-run double, which gave the Yankees a two-run lead heading into the ninth.

The Yankees bullpen was very good once again in this game, as after pitching a perfect eighth inning, Boone Logan would earn his fifth win of the season. After the eighth inning rally by the Yankees, Mariano Rivera would come on in the ninth and he would strikeout two batters in a perfect inning to earn his 40th save of the season, which is the eighth time he has reached the 40 save mark in a season.

Next up the Yankees will be looking for the sweep, as C.C Sabathia (12-11, 4.91) will be facing Erik Johnson, who is making his MLB debut.

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