The Yankees have looked pretty good the last two days, beating the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Friday night in 10 innings, and 9-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The Yankees started the game and finished the game with home runs. Captain Derek Jeter hit a lead-off homer to center to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead after their first batter. Johnny Damon then made it 2-0 with a homer to right in the third inning. Seven innings later, in the bottom of the tenth, Robinson Cano also homered to center, a three-run shot that won the game for the Bronx Bombers.
CC Sabathia lasted seven innings, holding the White Sox to 2 runs on 8 hits and 1 BB while earning 10 K’s. Phil Hughes, Mariano Rivera and Brian Bruney each pitched a perfect inning to hold the Sox scoreless after they generated 2 runs in the seventh to tie the game.
The game was exciting to watch and was a great prelude to Saturday afternoon’s game.
In his first appearance in 8 games, Sergio Mitre threw a great game before leaving in the seventh inning after getting beaned in the pitching arm by a line-drive hit. Mitre was perfect through 4 1/3 innings before a tough-to-field hit got by Mark Teixeira at first.
On the previous play, Alex Rodriguez had made a great play at third to keep the perfect game alive. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be. Mitre ended up going 6 1/3 innings, allowing 1 hit, 1 walk, 0 runs and 2 strikeouts. Chad Gaudin came on in relief, pitching the final 2 2/3, holding the Sox to 1 walk and had 4 strikeouts.
The Yankee offense mostly came from a 4-run 2nd inning and a 4-run fourth inning. Jerry Hariston, Jr., and Johnny Damon each doubled in two runs in the second to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Two innings later, Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher each had RBI singles, while Hideki Matsui doubled in a run and Robinson Cano sacrificed a run in to build the lead to 8-0.
Cano then added an RBI single in the 6th and Rodriguez hit the only home run of the night, a solo shot to right.