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Yankees Rinse Out White Sox With Big Fourth Inning


Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- It was difficult to determine which noise was louder; the heavy thump of a late summer rain upon the infield tarp, or the crackle of bats that led the New York Yankees offense to a 9-1 win over the visiting Chicago White Sox.

The Yankees led 1-0 after lead-off batter Brett Gardner began the game with a double that bounced over the wall and onto the netting in center-field. Shortstop Derek Jeter followed with an RBI-single into left-field scoring Gardner from second base, and then the game took a drastic swing.

With Yankees’ starter Phil Hughes on the mound in the top of the second inning and one out, the gray clouds darkened, and what sounded like tropical rain coated the playing field, forcing the fans to seek shelter and the players back to the clubhouse.

What happened next changed the complexion of the contest. After a one hour and fifty-three minute rain delay, each team substituted a relief pitcher for their starter.

It worked out brilliantly for the Yankees, and disastrously for the White Sox.

Chicago placed reliever Dylan Axelrod in for Jose Quintana. Quintana entered Monday’s game with 16 no-decision’s, the most in the Major’s and a White Sox team record. Instead of picking up N0.17, Quintana recorded the loss having only pitched the opening inning.

Chicago probably wishes they had kept Quintana around, for in the fourth inning, the best offensive inning the Yankees have had all season, Axelrod was tagged for six earned runs off seven hits, one hit batter, two walks and two errors committed by his defense.

The Yankees scored eight runs in the fourth without hitting a single home run, sending 13 batters to the plate.

“These are important too,” said Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi on winning big. “Want guys to grind it out, but it helps the guys, helps them relax a bit.”

Alex Rodriguez started it all with a lead-off double, followed by a single from Vernon Wells off the glove of Axelrod. A walk to Curtis Granderson loaded the bases for Mark Reynolds with nobody out.

Reynolds pin-balled a shot towards Connor Gillapsie at third. Gillapsie would knock it down, but stunned, found himself without a play, as Rodriguez scored to make it 2-0 Yankees.

Catcher Austin Romine continued the drunk inning to give the Pinstripes a 4-0 advantage on a two RBI-single into right center-field scoring Wells and Granderson.

The hits multiplied after Gardner whipped up his second double of the day, good for an RBI scoring Reynolds from third, 5-0 Bombers.

The White Sox then became victim to yet another funny bounce. Jeter’s hit went back to the mound and off the glove of Axelrod down by his laces, scoring Romine from third, 6-0 Yankees.

For Jeter it was hit No.3,013 of his career, tying him with Eddie Collins for ninth all-time on baseball’s hit list.

Alfonso Soriano added a run with a double-RBI down the third base line scoring Jeter from third, to make the score 7-o Pinstripes.

“We were fortunate we got some bounces that went our way, but for the most part we had some good at-bats,” Jeter said.

Chicago’s Josh Phegley had a chance to get the second out of the inning, but missed a routine pop-up in foul territory behind the plate. Phegley, the catcher was credited with an error for extending Rodriguez’s second at-bat of the inning which resulted in a walk, and consequently knocked Axelrod out the game in favor of Jake Petricka.

“We weren’t helping him at all.” said Chicago manager Robin Ventura. “You’ve got to be able to catch the ball and play good defense, otherwise you’re not going to win games.”

The forgettable fourth [at least for White Sox fans] concluded with a fielders-choice RBI for Wells scoring Jeter and Soriano, putting the Yankees on top 9-0.

“We have to play better than that if we’re going to start winning games,” Ventura said. “The rest of the way out we’ve got guys who you’re kind of evaluating jobs for next year, so it just has to get better.”

Paul Konerko would insure that the White Sox avoided the dreaded shutout, hitting his 10th home run of the season into the second deck in left-field off Yankees’ reliever David Huff, cutting the Yankees lead to 9-1.

Huff picked up his second win of the season by going 5.2 innings in relief, the longest outing from the bullpen in his career, surrendering just one earned run off five hits with three strikeouts.

“Huff pitched great,” said Romine, adding, “he threw strikes, commanded both sides of the plate with his fastball at 92, 93 [mph]. Turned hitters into guessers, and that’s a good thing.”

The eighth inning added more joy to the Yankees’ win, as reliever Cesar Cabral made his Major League debut in the top of the eighth, allowing no runs, one hit while striking out two batters.

In the bottom of the eighth, catcher J.R. Murphy also made his Major League debut when he pinch-hit for Robinson Cano.

With Chicago’s David Purcey on in relief, Murphy swung at the ball as if the bat was an ax and the ball a mighty redwood tree, and momentarily phased Gillapsie over at third base, who stopped the ball but did not even attempt the throw to first base.

“I didn’t feel it,” said Murphy of his first career hit. “I was nervous. I was pretty nervous all the way to the box. After that I wanted to have a good at-bat, wanted to swing at the first pitch.”

By entering the game, Murphy became the 52nd player to put on Pinstripes in 2013, setting a new franchise record.

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