Rapid Reaction: Yankees 4, White Sox 3
August, 22, 2014
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- With the bases loaded and the game tied in the ninth, Martin Prado singled to center for the game-winner. Prado also hit a two-run homer.
Nint-inning magic: Against Daniel Webb, Ichiro Suzuki singled to lead off the ninth. He moved to second on a Brett Gardner bunt to set up Derek Jeter. Jeter hit a looping liner to center that Jordan Danks, playing shallow, caught. Following an intentional walk to Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira walked on a 3-2 pitch to load them up for Prado's clean RBI single up the middle.
Ice bucket challenge: During his postgame interview, Gardner dumped icy Gatorade on Prado.
No way, Jose: During a first inning in which the Chicago White Sox whacked Shane Greene all over the ballpark, the AL Rookie of the Year favorite, Jose Abreu, hit the longest ball of all, clearing the left-field wall over a leaping Brett Gardner to give the White Sox a 3-0 edge.
The White Sox had four hits in the first. And two of their outs went to the warning track.
Greene settles down: Greene showed some composure. After being battered early, he was able to put zeroes on the board for his final four innings. He pitched only five. But considering how the first inning went, it wasn't a half-bad outing. Pretty sure, Yankees manager Joe Girardi will say, "he battled" at some point during the postgame.
Right choice: Prado, who mashes lefties, nailed a two-run homer off John Danks in the third to cut the White Sox lead to one.
Buried: Ellsbury came through with a rare Yankee hit with runners in scoring position, nailing a game-tying double off the ineffective Danks in the fifth. Of course, with no outs and runners at second and third, Teixeira, Prado and Brian McCann left them stranded.
More runners in stranded position: In the first, Ellsbury and Teixeira left Gardner at second. In the second with the bases loaded, Gardner popped out to end the inning. In the seventh, the score remained tied as Ellsbury and Prado left Gardner at second. (Teixeira walked in between the outs.)
500K: David Robertson, pitching the ninth, became the fastest Yankee to 500 strikeouts in team history. It took him to his 377th inning to reach the number. David Cone had 500 in 486 1/3, which was the previous speediest, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Dellin Betances, who had two strikeouts in 1 2/3 on Friday, has 113 in his first 83 1/3 innings.
Fan frenzy: In the fifth inning, a fan wearing a suit in the second deck jumped over the railing into a camera well to retrieve a foul ball. The well hangs between two advertisements and sits over fans on a lower level.
After snaring the ball and jumping back to his seat, the fan received a huge ovation from the crowd. A short time later, a policeman took the fan away. However, the fan was allowed to return, to the crowd's approval. Probably pays to wear a tie to the game.
On deck: The Yankees will retire Joe Torre's No. 6 and unveil a Monument Park plaque at 12:15 p.m. ET. On the mound for the 1:05 p.m. start will be Hiroki Kuroda (8-8, 3.97) and Scott Carroll (5-7, 4.99).