New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox: Live Reaction to Game's Biggest Stories
Get the brooms out, Yankees fans. New York (75-64) survived a poor relief outing from David Robertson in the eighth inning and defeated the Chicago White Sox (56-82) 6-5. CC Sabathia pitched 7.1 strong innings, but gave way to Robertson with two men on base.
Both men scored at the hands of Robertson, and Chicago cut the Yankees lead down to one. Robertson exited the game in favor of Mariano Rivera, who shut the door and recorded a four-out save.
Despite trailing early, New York evened things up after Robinson Cano's first inning solo home run off rookie pitcher Erik Johnson, who was making his major league debut. The game remain tied at 1-1 until the fourth inning, when the Yankees exploded for four more runs. The inning was highlighted by a two-run triple off the bat of Brett Gardner.
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is finished in the Bronx after a terrific outing. After giving up a run in the first inning, CC was lights out until the eighth inning. He exited the game with two men on and one out and was replaced by David Robertson, who allowed an RBI single to Avisail Garcia (his second of the night).
Robertson then allowed a two-run single to Josh Phegley, which made the score 6-4. Marcus Semien followed with an RBI single of his own to make the score 6-5. Girardi pulled Robertson in favor of Mariano Rivera. Rivera struck out Alejandro De Aza to end the threat.
New York added another run in the bottom of the seventh inning off rookie pitcher Daniel Webb to increase their lead to 6-1. CC Sabathia will head back out to start the eighth inning despite having 94 pitches.
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has cruised through the last six innings after a rocky first. He has posted six straight scoreless innings as New York has built a 5-1 lead highlighted by Robinson Cano's solo home run and Brett Gardner's two-run triple. Rookie pitcher Erik Johnson made his major league debut for Chicago and lasted six innings despite giving up five runs (three earned). Johnson exited the game after six innings and was replaced with rookie Daniel Webb, who is also making his major league debut.
CC Sabathia is out to start the seventh inning and will be guarding a 5-1 lead. Rookie Erik Johnson has been inconsistent and has pitched into and out of trouble, but surrendered four runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Brett Gardner's two-run triple.
New York is holding on to a 5-1 lead against the Chicago White Sox. After falling behind early, Robinson Cano slugged a solo home run in the bottom of the first off rookie pitcher Erik Johnson and then New York exploded for four runs in the fourth, highlighted by Brett Gardner's two-run triple. CC Sabathia has cruised since the first inning and has thrown 73 pitches through the first five innings.
The Yankees have blown the game open in the fourth inning despite trailing the White Sox 1-0 earlier in the game. Robinson Cano slugged a solo home run in the bottom of the first off rookie pitcher Erik Johnson and then New York exploded for four runs in the fourth, highlighted by Brett Gardner's two-run triple. New York has given CC Sabathia a 5-1 lead to work with as the game heads in to the fifth inning.
Pitching has taken over in the Bronx. After the Yankees and the White Sox each scored a run in the first inning, CC Sabathia and rookie Erik Johnson have both posted zeroes for back-to-back innings.
The Yankees and the White Sox are tied at 1-1 through two innings. Chicago struck first in the opening frame after an opposite-way RBI single from Avisail Garcia off CC Sabathia, but Robinson Cano evened things up with a solo home run off rookie pitcher Erik Johnson.
The Yankees responded in the bottom half of the first inning and tied the game up at 1-1 after Robinson Cano's solo home run to right field. The Yankees loaded the bases with two outs, but rookie pitcher Erik Johnson recovered and struck out Ichiro Suziki to end the inning. 1-1 game heading to the top of the second.
The Chicago White Sox lead the Yankees 1-0 after the first half-inning of the game. Yankee starter CC Sabathia walked two batters and surrendered an RBI single to Avisail Garcia. Rookie Erik Johnson is set to make his MLB debut against Gardner, Jeter and Cano.
The New York Yankees (74-64) will host the Chicago White Sox (56-81) as they attempt to sweep Chicago in a three-game series. After winning the first two games, New York will send CC Sabathia to oppose rookie pitcher Erik Johnson, who will be making his major league debut.
The White Sox starting lineup will consist of Alejandro De Aza (CF), Gordon Beckham (2B), Alexei Ramirez (SS), Paul Konerko (DH), Avisail Garcia (RF), Jeff Keppinger (1B), Dayan Viciedo (LF), Josh Phegley (C) and Marcus Semien (3B).
The Yankees lineup include Brett Gardner (CF), Derek Jeter (SS), Robinson Cano (2B), Alfonso Soriano (DH), Curtis Granderson (LF) Alex Rodriguez (3B), Ichiro Suzuki (RF), Lyle Overbay (1B) and Austin Romine (C).
First pitch in the Bronx is scheduled for 7:05. Stay tuned for updates and commentary throughout the game.
The Yankees will host Boston tomorrow, while Chicago will travel to Baltimore.
While Chicago dropped the game, manage Robin Ventura has to like what he saw from his team. Erik Johnson had a decent—not good—debut, but Marcus Semien seems like a solid player at third base.
Yankees earn the sweep, which should give them a big confident boost heading in to their showdown with Boston.
Mo shuts the door. Ball game over—Yankees win 6-5.
Phil Hughes warming up in the Yankees' bullpen. Huh? I doubt that he would come in the game ,though. One would think Mariano would finish the game. Stay tuned.
David Purcey in to pitch for Chicago.
Rivera was a bit wild against De Aza, but paints the outside corner for strike three. Yankees clinging onto a 6-5 lead heading to the bottom of the eighth.
Enter Sandman. Rivera in for the four-out save after Robertson implodes in the eighth.
One-out single by Konerko brings Girardi from the dugout. CC finished after 111 pitches in 7.1 innings pitched.
Leadoff single by Beckham to start the eighth. CC now at 103 pitches as Girardi watches from the top step of the dugout.
Granderson lines into an inning-ending double play. New York leads 6-1 after seven.
Soriano with a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Jeter. New York now leads 6-1 with one out in the seventh.
A leadoff walk to Jeter and a single by Cano has put runners on the corners with nobody out for the heart of New York's order.
Webb's first career major league pitch is a ball low to Derek Jeter.
Semien upset with himself after that one. He whiffed at a pitch way out of the zone and struck out for the second time against CC Sabathia.
CC Sabathia works around a walk to post his fifth consecutive scoreless inning.
A-Rod flies out to the warning track in center field. A-Rod reached just a bit too much on that pitch that resulted in out number two.
Great play by Robbie Cano. He is so smooth at second base—he makes it look so easy.
Johnson escapes the inning after retiring Soriano, but the damage has been done. Gardner's triple highlights a four-run inning for New York, who now leads 5-1 after four innings of play.
Soriano swung for the fences on that slooooooow curveball.
Cano with the hard grounder off the glove of Johnson. Semien's throw is wide, but is ruled a baseball, so that is an RBI single for Cano. New York leads 5-1 now.
Gardner with deep fly ball to left center field that drops and brings home two. Gardner reaches third on the play and his triple has given New York a 4-1 lead.
Johnson induces another slow roller and makes the throw this time, holding the runners at second and third.
That error costs rookie as Overbay doubles home A-Rod— Kevin Kernan (@WheresKernan) September 5, 2013
Overbay rips a 3-0 pitch to deep right. A-Rod scores, Ichiro heads to third and the Yankees have a 2-1 lead with two men in scoring position.
Poor throw by Erik Johnson lets Ichiro reach first. Yanks have first and second, no out in fourth. Overbay choosing his lumber— Anthony McCarron (@AnthonyMcCarron) September 5, 2013
After breaking Ichiro's bat on slow roller in front of the mound, Johnson bounced the throw to first, allowing Ichiro to reach base. The Yankees have two on and nobody out with Overbay coming up to bat.
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