I'm still not sure how, but the Yankees found a way to rally in the 9th inning yesterday, and eventually by the White Sox in 10 innings, 4-3. It wasn't a big win, but it was a needed win for a team that has been reeling lately, mainly at the plate, where nobody seems to be hitting.
Jacoby Ellsbury could finally be breaking out of his recent slump after starting the 9th inning rally with a one-out single, then hitting the game-winning homerun in the top of the 10th inning. The Yankees paid this guy a lot of money, but he hasn't been worth a penny this money.
With yesterday's win, the Yankees have a chance to split this four-game series with the White Sox before heading off to the beautiful Busch Stadium in St. Louis for a three-game series against the Cardinals this week.
The Yankees, while making below-average starting pitchers look good, have been waiting until the last minute to score runs, so don't be surprised if the Yankees wait until after Masahiro Tanaka's day is done that they put runs on the board.
Today's lineup against Chicago:
- Brett Gardner LF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Brian McCann C
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
- Alfonso Soriano RF
- Ichiro Suzuki DH
- Brian Roberts 2B
Pitching matchup preview:
Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound for the Yankees today, looking to pick up his 7th win of the season after dropping his last start against the Cubs, which was not only his first big league loss, but his first loss in a regular season game in 639 days.
The Cubs tagged Tanaka for a career-high four-run in six innings of work, but the Yankees didn't care much to help get Tanaka off the hook, as they would lose that game, 6-1.
The White Sox will give Andre Rienzo this ball this afternoon. Rienzo is 4-0 with a 4.00 ERA this season, so he'll be looking to stay undefeated. Rienzo struck out a career-high eight in a 7-6 win against the Royals last Tuesday.