The Bombers’ hitless streak did not last for long, however. Gardner led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer. Nunez lined a double to left and Granderson tripled him in. Nick Swisher then singled to right, bringing Granderson home. With the Yankees up 5-0 and Jackson having gone from no-hitter to batting practice in a blink of an eye, the White Sox pulled him and brought out Tony Pena.
Cano singled and Rodriguez doubled, scoring Swisher. Pena intentionally walked Eric Chavez and Russell Martin singled to left, plating Cano. Jorge Posada worked a walk, scoring Rodriguez and the White Sox made another pitching change, as they continued to search for their first out of the inning. By the end of the fifth, the Yankees held an 8-0 lead. The half inning had lasted 32 minutes, and 22 minutes had elapsed between Gardner’s first homer and when he struck out for the first out of the inning.
New York wasn’t done yet. In the bottom of the sixth, Swisher and Cano drove back-to-back singles and moved to second and third on a groundout by Rodriguez. Chavez hit a soft grounder to second and Swisher scored, as the Yankees went ahead 9-0.
Chicago finally got on the board in the seventh, thanks in large part to some ugly fielding by the Yankees. After two quick outs, Brent Morel was safe at first after Nunez made a throwing error. Morel moved to second on a balk. Lillibridge singled, putting runners on first and third. Ramirez scored Morel on a single to center. Quentin then hit a long single off the wall in right, but Swisher made a clean play on it and got the ball in quickly. Quentin tried to stretch it to a double, but was caught on the basepaths. Lillibridge and Ramirez both managed to score, but Quentin got tagged out, ending the inning and the White Sox’s threat.
Despite still holding a commanding 9-3 lead, the Yankees didn’t slow down in the bottom of the seventh. Gardner drove a nice double to center and he moved to third on Nunez’s infield single. Gardner scored on a sac fly by Granderson. Swisher then drove out his first homer of the season, crushing a two-run shot to right, and New York was up 12-3.
Jorge Posada: While there were some players who seemed to bust out of their slumps Thursday, Posada was not one of them. He went 0-4 with a walk and a RBI. He is now hitting .130.
Eduardo Nunez’s Defense: Nunez started the night at shortstop and seemed to struggle. He made a fielding error to start the game and later pulled Chavez off first with a bad throw. He actually had a nice game at the plate, however, going 2-3 with three runs scored.
Eric Chavez: Chavez went 0-3 with a RBI and two walks.
Brett Gardner: Gardner started the Yankees hitting, with a solo homer in the fifth inning. At that point Gardner’s last three hits had been homeruns, but he added a double later in the game. Overall, he wen t2-3 with three runs scored and a walk. He also had a stolen base.
CC Sabathia: Sabathia went seven innings giving up three unearned runs on seven hits. He walked just one hitter and struck out six. He does need to work on covering first, however, he seems to have missed that a couple times lately.
In The On Deck Circle:
The Yankees will welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to the Bronx on Friday. Freddy Garcia will take the ball for New York and try to continue his strong 2011. Garcia has held opponents scoreless in his first two starts, allowing just four hits while striking out eight. The Blue Jays will send Ricky Romero up against the Bombers. He is coming off a strong outing against the Rays, although Toronto lost 2-0. He went seven innings nad gave up just two runs and five hits while striking out ten. First pitch is at 7:05pm.