Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Yankees 2
August, 6, 2013
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox made it consecutive victories over the New York Yankees, grinding their way to a 3-2 triumph Tuesday.
How it happened: Chris Sale won for just the second time since the start of June, as he gave up one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings. The White Sox emerged from a 1-0 hole in the first inning, getting an RBI single from Conor Gillaspie in the fourth inning, an RBI fielder's choice from Paul Konerko in the sixth and an RBI double from Alejandro De Aza in the seventh. After ending a 10-game losing streak Monday, the White Sox now have consecutive victories for the first time since they defeated the Atlanta Braves in back-to-back games July 20 and 21. Addison Reed gave up a run in the ninth inning but finished off his 27th save in 32 chances.
What it means: Sale was once again doing things that Sale does, although this time he got some support from his teammates. Actually, it wasn't a lot of run support but it was good enough to give Sale the victory Tuesday, just his seventh in 21 starts. The All-Star left-hander entered with a major league-low 2.47 runs of support per outing. It has been so bad for Sale this year that he has taken a loss four times when pitching at least eight innings while allowing three earned runs or less.
Outside the box: Going back a few years, White Sox starting pitching has the Yankees' number. When Sale gave up one run over 7 1/3 innings, it was the White Sox's 10th quality start against the Yankees over the past 12 games between the teams. White Sox starters own a combined 2.60 ERA over that stretch.
Off beat: It was like his old days in a Yankees uniform when Alfonso Soriano used his speed to score all the way from second base on a first-inning wild pitch. What really aided Soriano was the fact that White Sox catcher Josh Phegley couldn't locate the ball that had rebounded toward the White Sox's dugout. It was actually a speedy trip around the bases for Soriano, who reached first base when the White Sox couldn't turn a double play and then stole second.
Next: The White Sox will send left-hander Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series. The Yankees will counter with left-hander CC Sabathia (9-10, 4.78) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.