C. C. Sabathia began his 19th and final big-league season with five stellar innings, pinch-hitter Luke Voit came through with a broken-bat, run-scoring single in the seventh and the Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox, 4-0, Saturday afternoon to end a four-game slide.
Sabathia allowed one hit and no other base runners in his return from the injured list, and Domingo German (3-0) followed by striking out four in two overpowering innings.
Jose Rondon had Chicago’s only hit, but the second baseman also booted a likely double play grounder to set up Voit’s hit. With the bases loaded, Voit split his bat in two but still muscled a single to center against Ryan Burr for a 1-0 lead. Kyle Higashioka followed with a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right, and Tyler Wade brought in another run with a safety squeeze.
Aaron Judge homered into the short right-field porch in the eighth, his fourth of the season.
White Sox starter Ivan Nova (0-2) dueled with Sabathia, pitching four-hit ball into the seventh. He was pulled after allowing Gleyber Torres’s leadoff single, and the former Yankees right-hander was cheered by some Bronx fans as he walked off.
Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman closed things out with a perfect inning each for New York, a refreshingly clean showing for a struggling, short-handed bullpen. The Yankees have led in 13 of 14 games this season yet are 6-8.
Chicago has lost six of seven and dropped to 4-9.
Yankees Manager Aaron Boone kept the 38-year-old Sabathia on a short leash in his first start after off-season operations on his heart and right knee. The big left-hander worked effectively with his cut fastball and slider against a righty-heavy lineup. He struck out three, raising his career total to 2,989, and threw only 62 pitches.
Players wore short sleeves and sunglasses a night after a swampy, rain-shortened win by the White Sox. Pitchers on both teams struggled to grip the ball in Chicago’s 9-6 victory on Friday night.
There were no such issues Saturday. Nova and Sabathia were all over the strike zone, allowing a combined five base runners over the first five innings — two of which were erased by a pair of White Sox double plays. The time of the game was a crisp 2:28.
Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 1.47) will start in the series finale on Sunday against the White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon.
Published at Sat, 13 Apr 2019 20:19:56 +0000