NEW YORK YANKEES NOTES –
• The Yankees lost their second straight game, marking the first time this season they have suffered consecutive defeats…became the last team in the Majors to do so…the Yankees fell to 10-3 in games when leading after the end of the seventh inning…fell to 4-3 in one-run games in 2011.
• The Yankees lead the Majors in home runs (38) and multi-home run games (12) this season…have homered in 17 of the team’s 20 games in 2011…are 2HR shy of their all-time-best mark of 40HR through their first 20 games of a season (set in 2003)…have scored a Major League-high 61.3 percent of their runs this season via home runs (111 total runs, 68 via HR).
• The Yankees fell to 0-2 vs. the White Sox in 2011…lost for just the third time in eight games vs. Chicago-AL at the current Yankee Stadium…have lost consecutive home games vs. Chicago-AL for the first time since 8/9-10/05.
• RHP Ivan Nova tossed a career-high 6.1IP, holding the White Sox to 1ER on 5H (2BB, 3K)…has limited opponents to 3ER or less in seven of his 11 carer starts…allowed a runner to reach base in six of the seven innings he pitched in.
• 2B Robinson Cano (1-for-4) has now hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games and 17 of 20 contests this season…has homered in three of his last four
games at Yankee Stadium…was 1-for-13 off Floyd in his career entering tonight’s game.
• RHP Rafael Soriano (1.0IP, 2H, 2ER, 1BB, 1K, 1HR) was charged with his first blown save of the season…was his
first blown save in a home game since 7/22/07 w/Atlanta vs. St. Louis, snapping a stretch of 38 consecutive home
save chances converted.
• 3B Alex Rodriguez (0-for-4) failed to reach base in a game for the first time this season.
• The Yankees lost for the first time in a game in which Brett Gardner homered – had been 9-0 in such games.
• C Francisco Cervelli played in his fourth rehab game tonight – first with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre – going
1-for-5 (game still in progress at printing).
CHICAGO WHITE SOX NOTES–
• The White Sox won their second straight game, recording consecutive victories for the first time since 4/9-10…improved to 3-6 on their current 11-game road trip…were held to three runs or less for the 13th time this season and 11th time in their last 12 games.
• The White Sox reached base in all but one inning (the second)…matched their season high with 10 men left on base (third time).
• The White Sox improved to 2-0 vs. the Yankees in 2011…won for just the third time in eight games at the current Yankee Stadium…have won consecutive games in the Bronx for the first time since 8/9-10/05.
• Prior to Paul Konerko’s go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, 22 of the White Sox’s 23 previous hits were singles (Quentin double last night).
• The White Sox overcame a deficit in the eighth inning or later in the Bronx for the first time since 5/4/96 (trailed 4-3 to start 8th – won 11-5).
• RHP Gavin Floyd held the Yankees to 4H and 2ER in 8.0IP (1BB, 10K), earning his third win of the season…both runs allowed came on solo HRs….has held his opponent to 2R or less in three of his five starts in 2011…retired eight of his first nine batters faced and nine of his last 10.
⇒ Collected his fourth career double-digit strikeouts game (one shy of his career-high 11K on 9/5/09 vs. Boston)…became the first Sox pitcher with at least 10 strikeouts in a game in the Bronx since Bartolo Colon on 8/27/03 (also 10K)…became the second opposing RH pitcher to strike out 10-or-more batters at the current Yankee Stadium (also Seattle’s Felix Hernandez twice – 8/20/10 and 6/30/10).
• 2B Gordon Beckham (1-for-3) snapped an 0-for-14 with his fifth-inning RBI single, and now has 3H in his last 36AB.
• 1B Paul Konerko (2-for-5) hit his sixth homer of the season and the 371st of his career…surpassed Gil Hodges (370) for sole possession of 68th place on Baseball’s all-time list…
• RHP Sergio Santos converted his second save in as many nights…has not allowed a run in 2011 – including spring training (21.1 total IP)…has not allowed a run in 18 career April outings (20.1IP)…
was Chicago’s first homer with men on base since 4/15 vs. Los Angeles-AL (Adam Dunn 2R HR).
the White Sox had just one save on the season entering this series
• RF Brent Lillibridge (1-for-1) who pinch-ran for Quentin in the eight, scored the game-tying run on Konerko’s home run…made his eighth career appearance in right field…had played just 32.0 innings at the position in his career entering the game.