Three Game Series with the Yankees
The boys are on their way back to Chicago from a quick trip to New York for a three game series with the Yankees. I was secretly hoping for at least one win but it was not meant to be. Getting over the shock of Gordon Beckham being traded to the Angels I think everyone is still getting over. September is Paul Konerko month, so something positive to focus on.
*Game One (Yankees – 4 and Sox – 3)
The Sox sent John Danks to the office along with, Ronald Belisario, Zach Putnam, and Daniel Webb. Carlos Sanchez got the call up from Charlotte, to replace Gordon Beckham at second base.
The top of the first, Jose Abreu opened the scoring with a home run, De Aza, and Sanchez already on base, both reached on singles. Score at the close of the inning was 3 – 0 in the Sox favor.
John managed to keep things quiet til the bottom of the third, giving up a home run to Prado with Ellsbury on the pond, cutting the Sox lead to just 1. Sox – 3 and Yankees – 2. An Ellsbury double in the 5th inning tied the score at 3.
The ninth inning was the final chance for the Sox to break the tie and they did not allow, Jordan Danks, Tyler Flowers and Alejandro De Aza to get anything going. The home half of the inning saw New York get Suzuki, home for the win thanks to a Prado single to center.
*Game Two (Yankees – 5 and Sox – 3)
Game Two saw Scott Carroll in the office for the Sox and the return of Matt Lindstrom to the roll of closer.
The top of the 2nd inning saw the first Sox run scored when, Conor Gillaspie doubled to right and was waved home on a double by Alexei Ramirez, 1 – 0 in favor of the Sox. The Yankees tied it up in the bottom of the inning, at 1 a piece.
The bottom of the fourth the Yankees would take the lead for good when, with McCann(double) and Beltran(single) already on base, Prado’s double to deep left gave the Yankees a 3 – 1 lead. The top of the fifth saw the Sox cut the lead to one when, De Aza(walk, hit by pitch) scored off a Jose Abreu single. Score at this point, New York 3 and the Sox 2.
Bottom of the sixth saw NY pull away when, Beltran started the inning with a solo home run, Prado doubled to left and came home on a sacrifice fly to right from Drew. Score, NY 5 and the Sox 2. Chicago got one back in the top of the seventh when, Jordan Danks opened with a single, and advanced to third on a De Aza double to right. Sanchez grounded out tot he pitcher getting Danks home, with NY still in the lead 5 to 3. Which would be how the game would close as both sides were shut down.
Sox Ace Chris Sale took mound duties with the support of, Zach Putnam, Javy Guerra and Jake Petricka. Sale would strike out 7 in 6 inning of work.
Alexei Ramirez would get things started at the top of the first with a solo shot to left for a 1 – 0 Sox lead. The top of the sixth inning, with Jose Abreu on the pond(single) Conor Gillaspie would get in on the home run excitement with a shot to right, taking the score to a 3 – 0 Sox lead.
The bottom of the sixth would see the Yankees take the lead when, Prado made second on a throwing error by Dayan Viciedo, Teixeira double to left got Prado home to open the Yankees scoring. with the bases loaded, (Cervelli on first,Teixeira on third, Beltran on second.)Sale walked in a run when he hit, Wheeler. Suzuki singled to center, scoring both Beltran and Cervelli. The inning closed with the Yankees in the lead 4 – 3.
Top of the ninth, the Sox tied it up with a Avisail Garcia home run. It would be his first since returning from shoulder surgery. The bottom of the ninth, the Yankees would be shut down and would see the team’s head to extra innings. Score would be 4 a piece
The top of the tenth, the Sox would leave Jordan Danks and Carlos Sanchez stranded on the pond, the bottom of the inning would see NY win the game when with, Beltran(double) and Headley(intentional walk) would score off a McCann home run. The final score – New York – 7 and the White Sox – 4
The Sox head home to a day off before Cleveland and Detroit come for a visit to close out the month of August.
Photo courtesy of the Chicago Sun