Yanks Win First Two Games Over White Sox

The New York Yankees (81-48), continue to play well as they won the first two games of their current three-game weekend series at Yankee Stadium against the Chicago White Sox, 5-2 (10 innings), and 10-0, to remain six games in front of the second place Boston Red Sox (75-54) in the AL East.

The Yankees won the first game on a 10th inning, walk-off, game-winning, three-run homer by Robinson Cano that lead the Bronx Bombers to a 5-2 victory, their 12th walk-off victory of the 2009 season, which is only one short of the Yankees record for walk-off wins held by the 1978 New York Yankees.

The game was tied 2-2, on Derek Jeter’s lead off homer (#17) in the first; and Johnny Damon’s 23rd homer leading off the third inning, for the Yanks off Chicago starting pitcher Mark Buehrle; and, a RBI double by Alex Rios, and a RBI single by Gordon Beckham in the top of the seventh by the White Sox off Yankees starter CC Sabathia.

Both starters pitched well, but did not get a decision in this very exciting game.

Buehrle lasted six innings, tossing 99 pitches, while giving up two runs, on eight hits, two walks, and one strikeout.

Sabathia threw 113 pitches over seven innings of work, allowing two runs, on eight hits, one walk, while striking out 10 batters.

The bullpens were very effective for both the Yankees and White Sox as the game entered the bottom of the 10th inning with the scored 2-2.

White Sox reliever Randy Williams (L,0-1), caused all the damage for the Chisox in the 10th by allowing back to back, two-out walks, to Hideki Matsui and Nick Swisher, before serving up the game winning three-run homer to Robinson Cano.

Phi Hughes pitched a scoreless eight inning; Mariano Rivera threw a perfect ninth inning; and, Brian Bruney (W,4-0), shut down the White Sox with a scoreless 10th inning of work, that held the score until Cano delivered his extra innings heroic blast that gave the Bombers their 5-2 win.

Also, Derek Jeter set another record, as his home run in this game was the 223th of his “Hall of Fame” career, moving the “Captain” into 10th place on the all-time New York Yankees Home Run list ahead of another Yankee “great”, Don Mattingly.

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In the middle game of this series, the Yankees had a very easy 10-0 victory over the Chisox, led by Sergio Mitre (3-1), who was brilliant in his 6.1 innings on the mound starting this game for the Bombers.

Mitre allowed the only hit the White Sox would get on this day, a hard hit double by Jim Thome to right field that Mark Teixeira had no chance of catching.

Actually, Mitre had thrown only 73 pitches into the seventh inning, but had to leave the game when he was hit on his right arm by a hard line drive off the bat of A.J. Pierzynski. Sergio had a contusion on his arm, but X-rays were negative. So, it’s day by day for Mitre regarding whether or not he will take the mound in his next scheduled start.

Chad Gaudin pitched the remaining 2.2 innings, striking out four, to share the shutout victory with Sergio Mitre.

Highlights of the Yankees 10-run, 14-hit attack …  

Derek Jeter was (3-for-4), raising his batting average to .333.

Robinson Cano was (3-for-5), that increased his average to .315.

Alex Rodriguez hit his 23th homer of the year.

 

The Yankees go for the three-game sweep, Sunday afternoon, August 30th.

“Go Yankees” !!!

 

— Jimmy, “BY&L”           

   

 

  

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6 comments

  1. scofid

    A clean sweep! Even if Ozzie Guillen calls it “embarassing”! 🙂 I am still afraid that the Bobby Abreu move to the Angels will come back to haunt us (much as you were saying at the beginning of the year). I’ve hoped that Cash would secure some insurance for the stretch run, but any moves look unlikely at this point. Meanwhile, the Red Sox and Angels have gotten stronger. Hopefully, our guys will persevere. However, it won’t be easy…but if it happens, it will be very satisfying!

    Scott
    http://fotr.mlblogs.com

  2. TribeTed

    Jimmy – the Yanks got the sweep AGAIN. They are so unbeatable right now it isn’t even funny. How many walkoffs this year? 12? You are lucky to root for a good team, I got my Indians, and I have to wait a whole year before they become contenders. =-)>
    http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/

  3. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Julia …

    Yeah, both the Yankees and Red Sox are playing very well right now … But, every Yankees victory reduces their “magic number” another game, which is “24” as of the morning of September 2nd … Boston is hanging in there, though, with a big win over the Tampa Bay Rays last night … Texas won both games of their doubleheader yesterday against the Blue Jays; so, the Red Sox remain four games up in the loss column over the Rangers, and six games up in the loss column over the Rays in the wild card race !!! … There still are many games yet to be played, but it looks like both the Yankees and Red Sox will in the American League playoffs this year, along with the Angels from the AL West, and either the Tigers or Twins from the AL Central … The September pennant races will be fun to watch !!!
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    Take care, Julia !!! … Have a great day !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”

  4. jimmy27nyy

    Hi Scott …

    The Yankees continue to roll, traveling on a great winning track that hopefully will end with the Bronx Bombers winning their 27th World Championship at the close of this very exciting 2009 baseball season !!! … I think the roster is very solid at this point in the season; but, my only concern is the bullpen !!! … Until we get to Phil Hughes in the eight inning; and, of course, Marinao Rivera in the ninth, I would much rather see our starting pitchers go as long as they can in any games they pitch [at least seven innings per start] … In my view, the key to the Yankees success the rest of the regular season, and in the playoffs, is to use as few relievers as possible out of the bullpen, while our starting pitchers go deep in all of the games they start !!!
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    The Red Sox and Angels will be tough to beat in the playoffs !!! … And, yes, Bobby Abreu has been a major force in the Angels successful season, and will continue to play well against the Yankees [as he did earlier in the season vs. the Yanks] … I still miss Abreu’s bat in the middle of the Yankees lineup, and, I think, he is in the discussion for ths year’s AL MVP Award … [of course, I hope Mark Teixeira or Derek Jeter win the 2009 MVP].
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    This has been a great season for the Yankees so far; but, anything less than a World Series victory will be a failure … The way the Yankees have been playing, though, it looks like this is their year !!! … I look forward to #27 which will be like you said, “very satisfying” !!!
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    Take care, Scott !!! … Have a great day !!!
    “Go Yankees” !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”

  5. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Tribe Ted …

    Thanks for your kind words !!!
    .
    As a long-time / life-long / die-hard, New York Yankees fan, I have seen many great players and Yankee teams throughout my years following the team, especially the late 1970’s Championship teams, and, of course, the Championship teams of the late 1990’s … And, the 2009 team is in the same class of those Championship Yankee teams — a very special team — that I hope will end this season by winning the Yankees 27th World Championship !!!
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    I hope your Cleveland Indians get back on the winning track next season; and, also, hopefully, some of the players the Indians received in the trades of Cliff Lee, Victor Martinez, and CC Sabathia will turn out to be solid Major League players that will help lead the Cleveland Indians to some big victories in future years !!!
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    Take care, Tribe Ted !!! … Have a great day !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”

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