The Yankees recorded a season-high 20 hits and Masahiro Tanaka tossed eight scoreless innings as they beat the White Sox, 9-0, on Tuesday night in Chicago.
- Carlos Beltran delivered an RBI single in the second inning and the White Sox committed a run-scoring error later in the frame as the Yankees took a 2-0 lead.
- Chase Headley's two-run homer in the third inning upped the Yankees' lead to 4-0.
- Mark Teixeira's RBI double in the fourth inning made it 5-0 Yankees and Austin Romine's solo homer in the fifth increased their advantage to 6-0.
- Rob Refsnyder and Aaron Hicks had RBI doubles in the eighth inning as the Yankees took an 8-0 lead.
The Yankees have been waiting for a stress-free game for a long time. The team received an excellent starting performance supported by more than enough offense and tidy relief pitching. After all the disappointments this season, we cannot infer anything more from tonight's game other than they clicked on all cylinders for a change.
Yankees fans can either lament the fact that they have witnessed few such games this season and when they happen they are usually followed by a dud, or they can revel in them when they happen.
The season may seem lost at the moment, but there is plenty of baseball left, and hopefully fans can find enjoyment out of each win the Yanks do manage from this point on.
Michael Pineda (5.24 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) faces Miguel Gonzalez (4.88 ERA, 1.45 WHIP) as the Yankees wrap up their three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. ET.