White Sox Power Past Yanks 9-6
The Yankees (72-50) started a three game series with the Chicago White Sox (66-55) on Monday night and the AL Central Division leading White Sox came out on top 9-6. After an awful start from their starting pitcher Gavin Floyd the White Sox were able to score enough runs off of Freddy Garcia and the Yankee bullpen to fight back from two separate Yankee leads.
The Yankees jumped out to an early lead off of Gavin Floyd. In the first the Yankees put two runs on the board thanks to a Mark Teixeira RBI single and an Eric Chavez RBI groundout. In the second the Yankees added another on a Curtis Granderson RBI single. Floyd only went 2 1/3 gave up three runs on five hits.
The White Sox offense erupted in the fifth inning batting around scoring five runs starting with a Dewayne Wise two run shot off of Garcia making the score 3-2. It was Wise’s 6th home run of the year. Wise played with the Yankees for a majority of this season until the Ichiro trade on July 23rd when he was placed on waivers.
Following the home run Garcia then loaded the bases prompting Joe Girardi to bring in Cody Eppley. Eppley facing Alex Rios got him to ground out to third but scored the run tying the game. Clay Rapada then relieved Eppley. The first batter Rapada faced was A.J. Pierzynski who singled to center giving the White Sox a 4-3 lead. Girardi then brought in Joba Chamberlain who gave up an RBI single to the first hitter he faced, Dayan Viciedo. Finally Chamberlain was able to get out of it but not before the White Sox took a 5-3 lead. All of the runs were charged to Garcia who lasted 4 1/3 gave up five runs on six hits.
The Yankees would come back and take a 6-5 lead in the top of the sixth off of White Sox reliever Hector Santiago on a Derek Jeter solo homer, his 11th of the season and Mark Teixeira and Casey McGehee RBI singles.
The White Sox would prevail in the end with longballs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. In the sixth Gordon Beckham lifted a solo shot to right field off of Joba Chamberlain, in the seventh it was Alexei Ramirez with a two run blast off of Boone Logan and in the eighth Adam Dunn launched a solo shot of his own off of Derek Lowe. It was Dunn’s major league leading 36th of the season.
The Yankees will play the White Sox again on Tuesday night. Ivan Nova (11-6 4.76) will start for the Yankees while Francisco Liriano (4-10 5.22) goes for the White Sox. Pregame coverage begins at 7:30, first pitch at 8:05 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.