Five run eighth gives Yankees 6-4 victory over White Sox

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For the first seven innings of the game, everything seemed hopeless for the Yankees. Hiroki Kuroda had the Yankees in a 4-1 hole while Chris Sale had a dominating performance, keeping the Yankees off balance. However, one base-hit from Derek Jeter started a rally that scored five runs in the eighth inning, the final blow coming from the bat of Eduardo Nunez as the Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 in one of the most exhilarating victories this season.

Kuroda had one of his better starts after an abysmal August, going 6.1 IP, giving up four runs on seven hits and seven strikeouts. Boone Logan (5-2), pitched a scoreless eighth, handing the ball over to Mariano Rivera who notched his 40th save of the season.

The Yankees were already in a deep hole in the first inning after a RBI triple by Alexi Ramirez, plating Alejandro De Aza. However, the Yankees were able to steal a run in the second inning when Vernon Wells and Eduardo Nunez executed the double steal, Nunez stealing second and Wells stealing home. The White Sox scored again in the fifth when Alexi Ramirez plated both De Aza and Gordon Beckham on a triple and in the seventh on a De Aza home run.

Chris Sale had the Yankees hitters at bay until one out into the eighth inning when Derek Jeter started the rally off with a single. With Robinson Cano on base, Alfonso Soriano drove in both Jeter and Cano against RHP Nate Jones. The White Sox went to the pen again, getting LHP Donnie Veal in to pitch to pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson, who lined a single, scoring Soriano. The big hit of the inning came off the bat of Eduardo Nunez who doubled off RHP Matt Lindstrom, scoring both Alex Rodriguez and Granderson. A loss from the Baltimore Orioles vaulted the Yankees ahead of them in the Wild Card race, being two behind the Tampa Bay Rays as the Rays began their game against the Los Angeles Angels.

  • After the game, the Yankees announced that LHP David Huff (2-0, 1.13 ERA)will start on Saturday vs. the Boston Red Sox. Phil Hughes (4-13, 4.86 ERA) who hasn’t won since July 2nd, will move to the Yankees bullpen.

Photo credit: (September 3, 2013 – Source: Rich Schultz/Getty Images North America)

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9 Responses to Five run eighth gives Yankees 6-4 victory over White Sox

  1. Mike Baker says:

    i felt the Yankees were dead and buried in this game going into the 8th inning and i'm one of the most optimistic Yankee fan you will find and also finally Hughes isn't in the rotation anymore, i've been making my case fore Huff in the rotation ever since he was called up the second time

  2. mikefoxtrot says:

    Hi Delia,

    " The Yankees were already in a deep hole in the first inning after a RBI triple by Alexi Ramirez, plating Alejandro De Aza."

    stay calm. Sale is a tough pitcher, but 1-0 after one inning ain't really a deep hole.

    • friend says:

      Also:

      "a rally that capped five runs" — rallies don't cap runs

      "Kuroda had one of his better starts" — this was not one of his better starts, not even a 'quality' start

      "Phil Hughes (4-13, 4.86 ERA) who hasn’t won a game in the second half of the season" — Hughes won on July 2, game number 83, which is in the second half of the season

      • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

        Well, this start for Kuroda was better than his last three starts where he gave up 7+ runs. 4 runs is doable to come back from. I thank you for your constructive criticism and I'll take that into account going forward.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      I understand your point. But Chris Sale is a tough pitcher and 1-0 could have been all he needed to win vs. the Yankees. If it weren't for the Yankees stealing a run, Yanks would have been down 4-0 going into the 8th inning. That's pretty big.

  3. Michael R says:

    Glad to see the site is rolling again.

  4. hotdog says:

    i'm concerned about Huff…he's come alive with the Yankees but this is not a good pitcher…yes, he deserves the start but in a pennant race (wild card berth) I wish we had a better option…can you imagine if the Yankees picked up Peavy or someone close if that was possible…i would imagine moving Hughes to the rotation serves an important purpose other than giving the Yankees a better starter in the rotation…Hughes would never have been a starter in a long playoff series so putting him in the bullpen gives the Yankees an opportunity to see if he can be an effective reliever again…

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      I can see your concern hotdog. I mean the teams that Huff pitched well against were the Blue Jays (twice) and the White Sox, both teams that aren't contending. Huff's true test will be versus Boston this weekend since they are one of the best hitting teams in the league. But my thinking is, at this point anyone is better than Phil Hughes.

      • Tanned Tom says:

        I don't care if they start Whitey Ford instead of Hughes, just so long as Hughes is gone. This should be the end of the charade with this player. The team should have traded him in July and been done with him then. At least there should be no more spin about them making him the qualifying offer this off season. Leave him off the post season roster, if we get there, and let him go pitch in San Diego or wherever.