As the old saying goes, "Better late than never." That was the motto for the Yankees on Saturday afternoon, as they came alive late in the game to steal a win from the Chicago White Sox. The first inning didn't go as planned for Yankees starter Adam Warren, who allowed a single to Adam Eaton to start things out. After stealing second base, Jose Abreu singled him in to draw first blood for the White Sox. Warren eventually settled down a bit after the first inning, retiring 11 hitters in a row.
The Yankees got off to a slow start offensively, but fans were treated to a blast from the past when Alex Rodriguez stole second base in the fourth inning. The swiped bag was the fourth of the season and the 326th of A-Rod's career. During the start of Brian McCann's at bat, A-Rod barely took a lead off first base, but he was able to lull the White Sox to sleep and steal a base even with his greatly diminished speed.
In the fifth, Adam Warren momentarily lost the strike zone, walking the bases loaded for Jose Abreu, the last White Sox player any pitcher should want to see with runners in scoring position. However, Warren was able to navigate his way out of the jam, striking Abreu out and keeping the score at 1-0.
For the White Sox, starter John Danks was magnificent, hitting corners and changing speeds to keep Yankee hitters off balance. A double play off the bat of Chase Headley in the third certainly helped his cause, getting him out of a sticky situation. But in the sixth, the Yankees finally got to the southpaw, when Jacoby Ellsbury singled and promptly stole second. Headley made up for his double play ball by lacing a double into the left centerfield gap. A-Rod followed Headley with a double of his own, driving the Yankees second run to give them the lead.
In the top of the 7th, Joe Girardi turned to Justin Wilson to protect the lead. Wilson, who usually will mix in a few cutters and sliders, was not out to fool anyone tonight, retiring the side and striking out two with a barrage of fastballs. In the bottom half of the inning, Melky Cabrera found out that even winning a World Series with the Yankees does not make a player heckle-proof. Fans hit him with the slow "Melky" chants made popular by the "Darryl" chants from Red Sox fans during the 1986 World Series.
With Dellin Betances's recent struggles, a lot of fans have wondered whether the fatigue of two very strenuous seasons is finally catching up to him. He helped his own case on Saturday, retiring the White Sox using just seven pitches. From that point, all Joe Girardi had to do was hand the ball over to Andrew Miller, who promptly secured the Yankees victory. Tomorrow, Luis Severino will face Erik Johnson as the Yankees look to take three out of four against the ChiSox, so be sure to tune in at 1:05 EST!