Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fresh off of his walk-off antics on Friday night, Yankees infielder Martin Prado was back it again on Saturday, collecting three hits, including a two-run double to put his team ahead, as the Bombers would go on the beat the Chicago White Sox, 5-3, on Joe Torre Day at Yankee Stadium.

After a pregame ceremony to honor the former Yankees manager, Torre, which included the retiring of his No. 6 uniform, Hiroki Kuroda took the mound for the Yankees and gave up an early 2nd inning run that put the White Sox on the board.

Connor Gillespie opened the top of the 2nd with a double into right field off of Kuroda. Alexi Ramirez brought him home a batter later with a double of his own.

The Yankees answered back in the bottom half of the inning with tying against Chicago starter Scott Carroll -- well, mainly against Chicago's defense. Carroll walked Mark Teixeira to open the inning, then Carlos Beltran reached on a fielder's choice, with everybody safe. A batter later, Prado dropped down a sacrifice bunt; Jose Abreu ran up to get the ball, but his throw to the bag was off target, lead everybody to be safe with nobody out.

Immediately after that, Chase Headley grounded into a double play that scored Teixeira from third base to even the score at 1-1.

The Yankees' offense struck again two innings later, putting pair of runs on the board to go up 3-1. Brian McCann doubled to kick off the inning, then Teixeira walked to put two on with nobody out. Teixeira, though, ran himself off of the bases on a single to right by Beltran -- McCann was held up at third, but because Teixeira didn't see that, he, too, ran to third, and was eventually tagged out. Beltran would also take second on the play.

A batter later, Prado ripped a two-run double into the left field corner, bringing home both runners to give the Yankees a two-run advantage, and finally some run support for Kuroda, who put together a quality start.

Kuroda escaped danger in the first inning, stranding a pair of runners, then struck out the side in the 2nd inning after giving up the back-to-back doubles to open the inning. The only other run he gave up in six innings of work was on an RBI single by Abreu that score Alejandro De Aza, who walked and later took second base on a wild pitch.

Kuroda only gave up two runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out six on 101 pitches. He picked up his 9th win of the season.

After Kuroda had shut down the side in the 6th, the Yankees' offense went back to work in the bottom half of the inning two add on to it's lead. Beltran led off the inning with a solo homerun that just barley sneaked over the right field wall for his 15th homerun of season, in his first game since Tuesday night. Prado lobbed a double into right field a batter later, moved to third on a ground out by Headley, then scored on a sac-fly by Stephen Drew, giving the Yankees their fifth run in a game for the first time since August 8.

Shawn Kelley opened the 7th inning by giving up hits to two of the first three hitters, followed by an RBI groundout that scored Jordan Danks to pull the White Sox to within two runs. Kelley got one more out before Dellin Betances was brought on to get the final out of the 7th inning on four pitches.

Adam Warren proceeded to toss a three up, three down 8th inning before handing the ball off to David Robertson, who worked around a Paul Konerko walk to record his 22nd consecutive save -- longest streak in the majors -- and 34th of the season to close out the Yankees' third straight victory.

The Yankees and White Sox will wrap up this three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Chris Capuano will be on the mound for New York as they go for the sweep, but will have to face the dominant lefty Chris Sale at 1:05 p.m. ET.


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