Youkilis Slam Lifts White Sox Over Yanks 7-3
Even after being traded away from the Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis continues to irritate New York Yankee (72-51) fans as a member of the Chicago White Sox (67-55). On Tuesday night a Youkilis grand slam was the difference in the Yankees 7-3 loss to the White Sox.
For the second night in a row the Yankees jumped out to an early lead only to see it disappear quickly. Derek Jeter led off with a solo home run to right field. It was Jeter’s 12th of the season, 252nd of his career tying him with his former manager Joe Torre. The Yankees added a second run later in the inning on a Curtis Granderson RBI ground out. The two runs were the only two White Sox starter Francisco Liriano. Liriano went six gave up two runs on six hits and struck out seven.
Yankees starter Ivan Nova struggled in his start getting hit hard all over the field even on the outs. In the second inning the White Sox got on the board when Alex Rios led off with a triple and AJ Pierzynski followed with a RBI sac-fly to deep left field.
In the fourth inning Paul Konerko tied up the game with a solo homer off of Nova, his 21st of the season. The real damage to Nova and the Yanks came in the fifth inning. After Dayan Viciedo lined out to start the inning, Alexei Ramirez doubled, Gordon Beckham walked and Dewayne Wise singled loading the bases for Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis lifted what at first looked to be a lazy fly ball to right field but just kept carrying over the reaching glove of Nick Swisher. It was Youkilis 15th homer of the season. Nova went six gave up six runs on seven hits and struck out three.
Russell Martin hit his 14th home run of the season in the seventh inning, a solo shot off of Jesse Crain.
The Yankees will play the White Sox again on Wednesday night. Phil Hughes (12-10 4.23) gets the start for the Yankees while Chris Sale (14-4 2.72) will go for the White Sox, pregame coverage begins at 7:30, first pitch at 8:05 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.