With Chris Sale pitching for the White Sox, you knew there was going to be a chance that runs would come at a premium for the Yankees. And they did. Sale was pretty solid for Chicago. However, the Yankees got a major chance in the third inning, took it, and rode that all the way to a 3-2 win, thanks also to a solid start from Michael Pineda.
After Pineda escaped a bases loaded jam in the top of the third, the Yankees opened the scoring in the bottom half of the inning. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the inning by getting hit with a Sale pitch. Chase Headley came up next. Headley popped one up in the infield. The ball fell in, but that was mostly to do with Ellsbury getting in the way of White Sox shortstop Alexi Ramirez. He was given out for interference, with Headley reaching first. Alex Rodriguez then drew a walk, putting the Yankees right back in the situation they would've been otherwise. Everyone would then come home to score when Carlos Beltran hit a home run to put the Yankees up 3-0.
Meanwhile, Pineda had been giving up a lot of hits, but had managed to scatter them, and escape the few jams he got into. But in the top of the sixth, the White Sox got on the board. Trayce Thompson led off the sixth with a home run that cut the Yankees' lead to two runs. Pineda stopped the damage there, and that would be the final inning for him. He went six innings, allowing one run on eight hits and no walks, while striking out six.
Justin Wilson came in to start the seventh. Wilson got the first two outs pretty easily, but he then walked Adam Eaton and allowed a single to Jose Abreu. That caused Girardi to bring in Dellin Betances with the tying run now on base. Betances walked Melky Cabrera to load the bases and then walked Thompson, scoring a run. He struck out Adam LaRoche to get out of it and strand the bases loaded, but the score was now 3-2. Betances would come back out for the eighth, but threw a much less stressful, scoreless inning the second time around.
The Yankees couldn't add to their lead in the eighth and Andrew Miller came in to pitch the ninth. After getting the first out, he allowed a single to Eaton. However, that wouldn't hurt the Yankees much as Miller got the next two outs without much trouble. That sealed a 3-2 win for the Yankees, getting the series off to a good start.
The second game of the Yankees' series against the White Sox will be played tomorrow at 7:05 eastern. CC Sabathia will get the start for the Yankees, while Carlos Rodon will pitch for Chicago,