Saturday, September 26, 2015

Recap: Yankees 2, White Sox 1

Adam Warren tossed six innings of one-run ball and the Yankees uneventfully beat the White Sox, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

It's How You Finish: Warren surrendered three hits and an earned run in the first, but bounced back from there for a much-needed quality start. In fact, his three walks in the fifth were the lone baserunners Chicago had in the last eight frames -- Warren having retired the side in order four times. 

Turning the Tides: The Yankees took their slim lead in the sixth on RBI doubles by Chase Headley and Alex Rodriguez, their only two hits with RISP on the day. The Yanks had reached second base just once in the first five innings, but after a Jacoby Ellsbury single and steal, were able to finally rally against John Danks.

Pure Dominance: The Yankees' relief core of Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller sat down nine consecutive White Sox from the seventh through ninth, sealing the win for Warren on just 32 combined pitches. Of that sum, 12 were thrown by Wilson and Miller and eight by Betances -- easy workloads that could affect the group's availability Sunday.

Rewarded for Their Efforts: The four strikeouts Wilson and Miller recorded brought the bullpen's total for the year to 573, the most by any pen in American League history. The unit can tie the 2012 Rockies for the all-time mark with 16 more, a seemingly achievable goal considering there's still eight games left in the season.

Should've Played Him in April: Surging prospect Rob Refsnyder went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, one on a line drive to left and another on a grounder to right. Refsnyder also made a nice backhanded stop on a hotshot up the middle in the third, perhaps showing improvement on his shaky defense. 

Next Up: The series concludes with an early finale on Sunday, New York sending Luis Severino (4-3, 3.10 ERA) to the hill versus right-hander Erik Johnson (3-0, 3.52 ERA). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. ET, airing live on YES and WFAN.

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