When the Yankees were to take the field today, they knew there was one thing on the line: They were trying to avoid losing a series at home. Today, they were able to successfully do just that with the help of some heroics by Brett Gardner.
In the 3rd inning, White Sox pitcher Edwin Jackson (2-3) walked four straight batters: Brett Gardner, Eduardo Nunez (Jeter got the night off), Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher, before surrendering a fly ball to Robinson Cano to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Note that the Yankees were no hit at the time, but were able to play ABC baseball.
The Yankees had gotten there first hit off of the bat of Brett Gardner in the fifth inning, which was hit into the right field seats. The Yankees had capped 6 runs in the fifth and as a team they hit for the cycle. Gardner had a home run, Granderson had a triple, Nunez had a double and Swisher had a single.
CC Sabathia (2-1) went 7 shut out innings even though 3 runs had scored against him, all of them were unearned on two errors by Eduardo Nunez.
The Yankees and White Sox split the series 2 games a piece.
What’s Next?: Yankees host the Blue Jays this weekend before heading to Detroit for a four game series against the tigers and to Texas to play a three game series against the Rangers
Note: Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter were both out of today’s lineup. Jeter was given the day off and Mark Teixeira was still complaning about his aching shoulder. Joe Girardi gave Tex the day off just as a precaution; Nick Swisher hit his first home run today which means the only Yankee regular not to have a home run is Derek Jeter.