Colon got into some trouble in the second. Adam Dunn grounded a single past a diving Teixeira and Cano. Alex Rios worked a walk and A.J. Pierzynski hit a grounder up the middle for a single, loading the bases with no outs. Colon stayed cool, however, striking out Gordon Beckham before getting Omar Vizquel and Pierre to fly out, ending the inning with the Yankees’ lead still 3-0.
Colon and Buehrle controlled much of the game, as they quickly worked through the lineups. Colon found himself in trouble in the sixth, however. Quentin grounded a single up the middle and Konerko followed with a soft fly ball that dropped in front of Swisher for a single. Dunn drove another grounder up the middle, scoring Quentin and getting the White Sox on the board. Colon battled back and sat down the next two batters as the Yankees held onto the lead. Mariano Rivera, who had blown his last two save attempts, relieved Colon in the ninth. He worked a perfect inning and the Yankees took the 3-1 win.
Jorge Posada: Posada went 0-3 and struck out once. He also stranded two base runners. He is now hitting .138 over his 65 at bats this season. He is marginally better at home, where he is hitting .184 with all six of his homers and eleven of his RBIs.
Nick Swisher: Swisher’s slump continues, as he also went 0-3, with a walk and a strike out. He left two runners on base.
Bartolo Colon: Colon continues to impress after moving into the rotation. He routinely hit the mid-90s on his fastball, even clocking in at 96mph a few times. Even better, Colon went eight innings and gave up just one run on seven hits. He struck out six and only walked one.
Robinson Cano: Cano went 1-4 with a three-run homer in the first inning, which was the difference in the game. While Cano is swinging well, he had a couple plays where he seemed to have trouble getting his glove on the ball.
Andruw Jones: Getting a start in left field, Jones was the only New York player to pick up more than one hit. He went 2-3 with one strike out.
Mariano Rivera: Not that I think any of us were really worried when Mo struggled during his last couple outings, but it is always nice to see him dealing like he was tonight. He pitched a perfect ninth inning, picking up a strikeout and his eighth save of the season.
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New York will try to split the series with a win on Thursday, when CC Sabathia will try to continue the Yankees’ streak of strong performances by their starting pitchers. Sabathia has done well against the White Sox over his career, taking a 16-4 record and 3.82 ERA into Thursday’s game. On the other hand, Paul Konerko and Mark Teahen have both seen some success against the Yankees’ big southpaw in recent years. Edwin Jackson will take the ball for Chicago, which could be good news for Derek Jeter, who owns a .355 average against the White Sox pitcher. Alex Rodriguez has also done well against Jackson, hitting .409 against him and knocking three homers. First pitch is at 7:05pm in the Bronx.