The White Sox managed to make their first two appearances at Yankee Stadium wins, thanks to timely hitting in one and plentiful hitting in the other. Each team had been represented by a spot starter in one of the games, but Saturday afternoon got a solid, proven pitcher matchup between Jake Peavy and Hiroki Kuroda. And the Yankee bullpen was grateful. Kuroda controlled the Sox for 7 innings, allowing only 3 hits en route to earning himself a victory, the Yankees first of the series.
White Sox (42-36): 0
Yankees (47-30): 4
Jake Peavy entered the day having pledged a $100 donation for every strikeout in all of Major League Baseball on Saturday. This game had no shortage of them. Peavy himself struck out 11in his third complete game loss of the season. Kuroda was absolutely dealing; he struck out 11 which matched a career high he achieved against the Cubs while pitching with the Dodgers in his first year playing in the states. He kept the Sox bats quiets and a tip of that hat goes his way for it. Though Peavy let up some long balls, he didn’t walk any batters and matched Kuroda’s K total for the game with 11. 24 total strikeouts in this game. That’s pretty special.
Dewayne Wise, who was the first Yankee position player to pitch in a home game for the Yankees since 1968 in last night’s blowout, contributed with a 3-3 day (HR, 2B, 1B) today. Half of the runs scored were his responsibility, the other 2 were solo homeruns from Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano.
Plus: Of the 3 hits on the board, one of them was contributed by Alex Rios, who has now gotten a hit in the last 6 games. Saturday was the first of those that failed to be a multi hit game. He’s got 12 hits over that span.
Minus: 3 hit shutouts aren’t very much fun for any offense. Sure, Kuroda was dealing but he didn’t go the distance. The White Sox have had a great time with the Yankee bullpen in the last couple days but couldn’t muster any more than a walk against them in Saturday’s contest.