What do August 6-8, 1991 and August 20-22, 2012 have in common?
The White Sox swept the Yankees in three games in Chicago in both of those series. The 1991 series was actually the last time the Sox had a three-game sweep of the Yankees in Chicago. Tonight was a 2-1 win, and Chris Sale led the way in his first start against the Yankees.
Sale had a phenomenal game tonight. He pitched 7.2 innings, giving up just one run on three hits and a walk. The only run he gave up was a solo home run to Derek Jeter in the sixth inning. Sale also struck out 13 batters.
Brett Myers finished off the eighth by getting Jeter to ground out to second. Addison Reed picked up his 23rd save on Chicago Bulls night. He gave up one hit in the ninth and struck out two.
The offense backed Sale’s solid start with enough runs to pick up the win. They got on the board in the third inning. Gordon Beckham led off the inning with a double off starter Phil Hughes. Dewayne Wise moved him into third, and Kevin Youkilis hit a sac fly to allow Beckham to cross home. Jeter hit his home run in the sixth, and Alex Rios answered with a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the sixth.
The Sox have Thursday off before the Mariners come to town. Jake Peavy takes the mound Friday night and faces Jason Vargas. Peavy took the loss in Kansas City on Saturday, backed by crappy defense. Vargas, however, has been solid over his last ten starts. He is 6-1 with a 1.95 ERA. The Sox still have a two-game lead in the Central, as the Tigers beat the Blue Jays tonight.