The great thing about baseball is until you’re eliminated there’s always a game the next day. For the New York Yankees, coming off what was arguably their worst loss of the season Sunday afternoon, they needed to rebound in a big way against a struggling White Sox team. The Yankees did just that in beating the White Sox 9-1.
Jose Quintana and Phil Hughes wouldn’t last long in this one due to an almost two hour rain delay in the second inning. The Yankees got to Quintana in the first when Brett Gardner led off the third straight game with a double. Derek Jeter‘s single made it 1-0. Then the rains came and the game belonged to David Huff and Dylan Axelrod.
The Yankees exploded off Axelrod in the fourth. Alex Rodriguez led off with a double. Vernon Wells got an infield hit and Curtis Granderson walked to load the bases. Mark Reynolds got an infield hit to third that Conor Gillaspie couldn’t control to make it 2-0. Austin Romine drove in two with a single.
Gardner followed with his second double of the afternoon to plate another. Jeter got an infield single off Axelrod for another run. Two batters later, Alfonso Soriano doubled for another run. After a walk to A-Rod loaded the bases, Adam Dunn‘s throwing error on Wells grounder brought home two more runs.
The White Sox got their lone run in the seventh when Paul Konerko hit his 10th homer of the season.
YGY Player Of The Game: Gardner
Notes: Preston Claiborne was officially brought back up. Jeter tied Eddie Collins for ninth on the all-time hit list. Cesar Cabral and J.R. Murphy made their major league debuts in the eighth and the Yankees set a club record by using 52 players this season.