A two hour plus rain delay couldn’t stop the Yankees, who picked up a 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Phil Hughes got the start, but was unable to continue after the lengthy delay. David Huff came in when play restarted, and went 5 2/3 innings to pick up his second win in relief. He’s the first Yankee to go at least 5 innings in relief and win since 1977. The lone run Huff surrendered was a solo homer to Sox first baseman Paul Konerko.
Already up 1-0, the bombers put up a crooked number in the 4th. A-rod, Vernon Wells and Curtis Granderson would all get on to load the bases with no outs. Then consecutive by Mark Reynolds, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano would drive in 6. Two more were tacked on to give the Yanks 8 runs, and seal the fate of the game
The Yankees needed a laugher like this because with the 9-0 lead, New York was able to give Jeter, ARod, and Soriano a few innings off. It also gave two of their September call-ups a shot at their Major League debuts. Reliever Cesar Cabral struck out his first batter faced, and 22-year-old catcher JR Murphy picked up his first career hit.
It was a good bounce back from a bad loss to Baltimore on Sunday. The win also assured the Yanks of leapfrogging the loser of Cleveland/Baltimore.
Hiroki Kuroda goes in game two of the series, looking to get past his recent struggles.