Derek Jeter went 3 for 4 with four RBIs as the Yankees defeated the White Sox, 6-4.

AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams

Initial Reaction:

The game started a little rough for the Yankees. Paul Konerko hit a three-run home run off Yankee starter, Andy Pettitte to give the White Sox a short-lived first inning lead. The Yankees were able to respond with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. In the 7th inning, Derek Jeter broke a 4-4 with a two-RBI triple.

Positives From The Game:

Derek Jeter: Jeter went 3 for 4 with four RBIs. He homered in the 5th inning and tripled in the 7th. He was a double away from the cycle.

Brett Gardner: Gardner went 2 for 3 with a stolen base. He had a clutch 7th inning single of White Sox tough lefty, Matt Thornton. Gardner would later score on Derek Jeter’s go-ahead double.

Yankee Bullpen: Alfredo Aceves, Damaso Marte, Joba Chamberlain, and Mariano Rivera only gave up one hit during the last three innings of the contest. Rivera was throwing 93, 94 MPH cutters, his fastest yet this season.

Jorge Posada: Even though he struck out in the 7th inning, it was reassuring to see him get a pinch hit at-bat. He was hit by a pitch on Wednesday night and is suffering a bad knee contusion. Posada will not need to go to the disabled list.

Negatives From The Game:

Pettitte’s luck: If you saw the game, think back to the first inning. Paul Konerko’s home run barely cleared the right field wall. I thought Nick Swisher caught the ball, however, he caught a fan’s black jacket instead. If the fan was not in the way, Swisher robs that home run. Pettitte did damage control tonight. He battled for six innings, yielding four runs on seven hits.

Interesting Facts:

1,014: Mariano Rivera recorded his 1,014 career strike out tonight, tying him for 10th place on the Yankees’ all-time list.

3 for 33: Curtis Granderson is struggling. With the Yankees set to face two more tough lefties this weekend, expect his struggles to continue.

What’s Next?:

Saturday 1:05 PM, YES: John Danks (3-0, 1.55 ERA) vs. Javier Vazquez (1-3, 9.00 ERA)

Career Stats:
Danks: 2-1, 6.06 ERA
Vazquez: 3-0, 1.88 ERA