Bobby Abreu Leads Yankees to Series Win Over ChiSox

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst ISeptember 18, 2008

The New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night by a score of 9-2.

Mike Mussina took the hill for the last time at the current Yankee Stadium. He went six innings, gave up one earned run on five hits, walked two, and struck out four.

Former Yankee Javier Vazquez started for Chicago. He lasted 3.2 innings and gave up seven runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out four.

The White Sox struck first in the top of the first. Paul Konerko grounded into a fielder's choice to score Orlando Cabrera, and the ChiSox took a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the inning with Derek Jeter on first, Bobby Abreu came up and smacked a two-run homer into the upper deck in right field, his 18th long ball of the season, and the Yankees took a 2-1 lead.

Abreu would strike again in the bottom of the third. This time it was a solo homer deep into the right field bleachers, Abreu's 19th big fly on the campaign, and the Yankees took a 3-1 lead.

The Yanks added three runs in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single from Derek Jeter, a two-run single from Abreu, and Jeter scored on an error from second baseman Alexei Ramirez, and the Yankees took a 7-1 lead.

The Yankees tacked on another two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Brett Gardner hit an RBI single to score Robinson Cano, Abreu grounded into a force out to score newcomer Juan Miranda, and the Yankees went ahead 9-1.

The White Sox added a run in the top of the ninth with a solo homer from Konerko, his 17th on the year, and the ChiSox trailed 9-2.

The Bombers would laugh last as reliever Chris Britton was able to get Juan Uribe to ground out to second to end the game and give the Yankees a series win.

Mussina gets the win, is now 18-9 on the season, and now has 268 career wins. He tied Jim Palmer for 33rd place on baseball's all-time wins list. This is also the sixth time in Mussina's illustrious career he has had 18 wins in a season.

Vazquez gets the loss and is now 12-14 overall this year.

With the win, tonight marked the first time this season the Yankees won a four-game series. Also with the win, the Yankees are guaranteed a winning season.

Miranda and Humberto Sanchez both made their Yankee debuts tonight. Miranda went 0-2 with two walks at the plate while Sanchez tossed one inning giving up no runs on no hits, with no walks and a strikeout.

"Moose deserves everything, he threw a great game," said Joe Girardi to the media after the game. "The fans here appreciate everything he's done over the years, and he'll have to decide what he wants to do."

Mussina is close to finishing the second year of his two year contract that he signed at the end of the 2006 season.

"It's a lot of fun if I played well or had a good year and the people appreciate it," said Mussina to Kim Jones of the YES Network.

"I won the last game I pitched at Yankee Stadium, and it's nice to go out and be successful after last year. I have to make decisions in the offseason, but I don't know if I can come out next year and bang out another 18 wins, but we'll see what happens," Mussina added. 

Tomorrow night at 7:05 ET, the Baltimore Orioles come to town for the last three-game series at the current Yankee Stadium.

At press time, Carl Pavano (3-1, 5.26 ERA) is scheduled to pitch against Radhames Liz (6-5, 6.90 ERA).