Sabathia actually gave up ten hits but only allowed two runs – limiting the damage in a couple of innings with timely double plays and inning ending strike outs. He lasted eight innings, didn’t walk a batter and struck out six.
He is the first pitcher to reach sixteen wins and has now won nine out of his last ten games. His lone loss in that span was a tough luck loss against Tampa on July 21. He only gave up two runs in that start and pitched eight innings with eight strikeouts.
Brett Gardner got things going early for the Yankees with a lead off single. Curtis Granderson followed with a double which scored Gardner all the way from first. After Mark Teixeira flied out to left, Robinson Cano stepped in and hit an RBI single scoring Granderson and giving Sabathia an early 2-0 cushion.
The Yankees would add a run in the top of the third when Cano grounded into a double play with runners on third and no outs. Granderson was able to score from third.
In the bottom of the fourth, Juan Pierre singled for Chicago and Alexei Ramirez followed with a home run to left, cutting the score to 3-2. That’s all Chicago would get.
On the other side of things, Chicago’s starter, Jake Peavy settled down after giving up three runs to the Yankees in the early going. Even though he got the loss, the White Sox have to be encouraged by the fact that Peavy lasted seven innings. He gave up eight hits and struck out four.
Mariano Rivera came in and pitched a hitless, scoreless ninth to pick up his 28th save of the season for the Yankees who are now 65-42. Thanks to a 9-6 win by the Indians over the Red Sox, the Yankees are now only one game behind the Boston in the AL East standings.
Tomorrow’s game is a big one for starter Phil Hughes (1-3, 8.24 ERA). It may determine whether or not he stays in the rotation or moves to the bullpen. He will face John Danks (4-8, 3.79 ERA).