Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Yankees 2
May, 22, 2014
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox opened a four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field with a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees.
How it happened: Chris Sale was dominating in his return from the disabled list, carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning before giving up a single to No. 9 hitter Zoilo Almonte. It was the only hit he gave up in his six innings of work. The White Sox scored twice in the second inning, getting an RBI double from Alejandro De Aza and an RBI single from Adam Eaton. Adam Dunn added a key insurance run with an RBI single in the eighth inning. Ronald Belisario gave up two runs in the ninth inning but still recorded his second save.
What it means: Sale proved Thursday that his arm is just fine by retiring the first 17 batters he faced in his comeback from a flexor muscle strain in his left arm that had him on the DL for five weeks. The White Sox might not allow him to throw 127 pitches anytime soon as he did in his April 17 start against the Boston Red Sox, but after throwing 86 pitches Thursday he should be able to reach 100 in his next outing. That start figures to be Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians.
Outside the box: Sale struck out 10 batters in his six innings, giving him double digits in strikeouts for the 12th time. He is now tied with Alex Fernandez for fourth most double-digit strikeout games in White Sox history. In his outing against the Red Sox before he went on the DL, Sale also had 10 strikeouts in seven innings. His rehab start at Triple-A Charlotte on Friday doesn't count in his double-digit total, but he had 11 strikeouts in that game in only four innings.
Off beat: The Yankees were struggling so much in the early going against Sale that it became almost comical. In the third inning, Brendan Ryan sent his bat flying toward third base while striking out. Almonte came up next, swinging and missing so hard on a changeup that he spun around in the batter's box and lost his helmet. Sale struck out the side in both the first and third innings.
Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Hector Noesi (0-4, 7.31 ERA) to the mound Friday against New York in the second game of the four-game series. The Yankees will counter with right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.61) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.