Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Alexei Ramirez cleared the fences and filled the sky with fireworks after slugging a two-run homer off Boone Logan, lifting the White Sox to a 9-6 victory over the Yankees in a slugfest on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Ramirez’s go-ahead blast, signaling the fourth lead change of the contest, came in the seventh inning with A.J. Pierzynski aboard against Logan, the fifth Yankees pitcher on an ineffective evening for the staff.
The Yankees quickly built a three-run lead after two innings and reclaimed an advantage with a three-run sixth, despite the fact that starter Freddy Garcia was unable to complete five innings in his eight-strikeout outing.
Casey McGehee came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth, driving in a go-ahead run for New York, but Gordon Beckham restored the tie for Chicago in the sixth with a solo home run off struggling reliever Joba Chamberlain.
Derek Jeter posted four hits on a historic night for the Yankees captain, as he surpassed Nap Lajoie (3,252) on baseball’s all-time hits list and tied Eddie Murray for 11th place with his 3,255th career hit.
Well, that was a awfully predictable loss, now wasn’t it? It would have been one of the best wins of the season if they pulled it out, as the odds were extremely low of them actually doing so. I am actually somewhat pleased that the tie-breaking homer wasn’t in the ninth.
The lead in the East is now down to four games and the Yankees have two more in Chicago (with Nova and Hughes pitching) while Tampa Bay hosts Kansas City the next two nights. This could be a painful three days.
Congrats to the Captain, by the way. He’s having a great season.