May 22: Yankees (24-22) 2, White Sox (24-25) 3
Hard-throwing lefty Chris Sale kept the New York Yankees’ bats quiet for six shutout innings and the Chicago White Sox mustered enough offense to hold off the Bronx Bombers in a 3-2 win. Sale struck out 10 and improved to 4-0 on the season.
Sale set the tone early as he struck out the first three Yankees he faced in the first inning. He set down Jacoby Ellsbury, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira on strikes to open the game.
The White Sox got on the board in the second when Alejandro De Aza knocked in a run on a two-out, ground-rule double to left field. Adam Eaton followed a Tyler Flowers walk with an RBI single to left to give Chicago a 2-0 lead.
Sale made the two-run cushion seem like 20 runs as he didn’t allow a single base-runner until a two-out single by Zoilo Almonte broke up his perfect game in the sixth.
The White Sox added an insurance run – the eventual game-winning run – when Adam Dunn singled home Gordon Beckham with two outs in the bottom half of the eighth.
With a 3-0 cushion, Ronald Belisario came in to close things out in the ninth. He coughed up a base hit to Ichiro Suzuki and a walk to Derek Jeter before giving up a two-run single to Teixeira. With the game now a just one-run margin in favor of Chicago, Belisario struck out Alfonso Soriano looking on a 3-2 sinker to end the game and earn his second save of the year.
A bit overshadowed because of the dominance by Sale in the game, David Phelps was dominant at times in his own right. He gave up just the two runs in seven innings of work. He allowed six hits and fanned eight in his first loss of the season.
Important things to note: Sale struck out eight of 11 batters he faced – including five consecutive batters — from the opening pitch to the top of the fourth … The hit Sale surrendered to Almonte was the only base-runner he allowed in his dominant six innings of work.