The Chicago White Sox shut down the New York Yankees as the Sox were victorious by a score of 2-0. AJ Burnett pitched great but was unable to muster any run support. With the loss, the Yankees move to 12-7 on the season.
Tonight’s performance was a gem for both AJ Burnett and Phil Humber:
It was fitting that tonight was AJ Burnett’s best start – a start in which run support just did not come. Through eight innings, he allowed three hits and a walk and one earned run. It was clearly his standout performance of the year – but he was outdone by Phil Humber. He baffled Yankee hitters through seven and the White Sox bullpen shut out the Yankees. Rafael Soriano came in to pitch the ninth and gave up a run on a single by Paul Konerko. The runner should have never been allowed to reach as a pop-up landed behind the mound as Soriano watched and Jeter charged from deep short. Soriano needed to recognize that the ball clearly did not have the hang time.
Through six innings, Phil Humber stifled the powerful Yankee lineup. He allowed only two baserunners through five innings (a Curtis Granderson walk in the fourth and a Nick Swisher hit-by-pitch in the fifth). Finally, Alex Rodriguez cracked a single up the middle to break up the no-no in the seventh inning.
With two outs in the eighth, Brett Gardner came up against hard-throwing lefty Chris Sale. Knowing Brett’s recent troubles, Joe Girardi called in Andruw Jones. Seeing the move, Sox manager Ozzie Guillen called for right-handed Sergio Santos. In a counter, Girardi called Eric Chavez’s number, who singled into left. He was pinch-run for by Eduardo Nunez, who stole second base on the first pitch only to have Derek Jeter ground out to Santos on the next pitch. Almost a little Joe Girardi binder-action gone right.
3,000 Watch: After an 0-4 day, Derek Jeter remains stuck at 2,945.
13: Robinson Cano’s 13-game hitting streak came to a halt today after an 0-3 performance.
This was AJ Burnett’s first career March/April loss as a Yankee.
The Yankees and White Sox continue their four-game series at the Bronx tomorrow night. First pitch is at 7:05.
7:05 PM, YES. Gavin Floyd (2-1, 4.00 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (1-2, 7.63 ERA)