Nova was dealing through the early innings, limiting the White Sox’s opportunities. He got a quick two outs in the bottom of the fifth before Gordan Beckham doubled to left. Juan Pierre followed with a RBI single, pushing Beckham across the plate to make the score 2-1. Pierre stole second, but Nova struck out Omar Vizquel to end the inning.
The Yankees got in trouble in the bottom of the sixth. Paul Konerko walked and Boone Logan came in with two outs. A.J. Pierzynski singled, moving Konerko to second. Kerry Wood replaced Logan and walked Alexei Ramirez to load the bases. He was able to get Mark Teahen to ground out, however, to end the inning.
In the top of the eighth the Bombers had a chance to add some insurance. Derek Jeter worked a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Robinson Cano single to third to put two on, and Curtis Granderson reached on an error with two outs to load the bases. Austin Kearns grounded out to third, ending the inning with the Yankees unable to pick up an extra run. Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera kept the White Sox scoreless in the eighth and ninth to secure the 2-1 win for the Yankees.
Austin Kearns: Kearns went 0-4 and stranded five runners on base.
Derek Jeter: The Captain went 0-4 with a walk and a strikeout, stranding three runners on base.
Ivan Nova: The young pitcher picked up his first major league victory, going 5.2 innings and giving up just one run on five hits. Nova walked just one hitter and struck out seven hitters.
Francisco Cervelli: Cervelli went 4-4 with a run scored. He also gunned down Brent Lillibridge trying to steal second.
Marcus Thames: Thames had a great weekend and Sunday was no different. He went 1-3 with a solo homer.
In The On Deck Circle:
The Yankees will be back in the Bronx Monday night, as they face off against the Oakland Athletics. Dustin Moseley will take the ball for the Pinstripes, as he rides a bit of a win streak, picking up his second straight victory when he held the Blue Jays to just two runs over six innings on Tuesday. Moseley has done alright filling in for Pettitte, but he has succeeded thanks to some good run support. Trevor Cahill will be on the mound for the A’s. He is making a strong case for a Cy Young as he is 14-5 with a 2.43 ERA this season. He held the Indians to just one run over seven innings. First pitch is at 7:05pm in the Bronx.