Rapid Reaction: Yankees 7, White Sox 1
May, 25, 2014
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Derek Jeter bid farewell to U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday by helping the New York Yankees to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
How it happened: Jeter had four hits, including a stand-up triple, in his final game in Chicago, barring some unforeseen playoff scenario. White Sox starter Andre Rienzo struggled with his command and was done in by the Yankees’ four-run second inning. He gave up five runs (four earned) over five innings. Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka, who lost his first major league game earlier in the week across town at Wrigley Field, rebounded by giving up one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He took a no-hitter into the fourth inning. The White Sox have lost two consecutive games after reaching the .500 mark (25-25) Friday.
What it means: Just as Rienzo was starting to put things together, his start Sunday resembled those last year in which he struggled to find his way. The Yankees didn’t necessarily hit the ball hard, but they consistently put the ball in play after Rienzo fell behind in counts. It was the first time the White Sox have lost in seven Rienzo starts, so this one will go down as a hiccup, but the right-hander needs more work with a new cutter that he has been adding into the mix.
Outside the box: The four-hit game means that Jeter batted .295 in his 72 career games (70 starts) at Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field. He had seven home runs and 27 RBIs. Jeter has 45 four-hit games in his career, with the past two coming in the White Sox’s home park. He also had one Aug. 20, 2012.
Off beat: White Sox captain Paul Konerko presented Jeter, the Yankees captain, with three parting gifts before the game. Jeter received a bench made of bats, bases and baseballs, a glass display filled with U.S. Cellular Field clay with an inscription of some of the great shortstops to have played in the stadium, and a $5,000 check payable to his charity.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (2-4, 3.67 ERA) to the mound Monday against Cleveland in the opener of a three-game series. The Indians will counter with right-hander Josh Tomlin (3-1, 2.91) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.