A.J. Burnett was humming along with his best start of the year.
Too bad Phil Humber was a bit better.
Burnett pitched eight dominant innings, but Humber held New York
hitless into the seventh and the Chicago White Sox beat the Yankees
2-0 Monday to end a three-game skid.
”You come across guys who are on,” Burnett said. ”He threw a
heck of a game and didn’t miss many spots. You just have to do the
best you can.”
Burnett gave up a run on three hits and two walks in his first
eight-inning outing since a 1-0 loss at Kansas City on Aug. 15. His
longest appearance this season had been 6 1-3 innings on April
”I’m glad I was able to go deeper in the game,” Burnett said.
”I just need to get consistency and keep working because I’ve got
a long way to go.”
The hard-luck loss was his first defeat in 15 April starts with
the Yankees. He had been 8-0 with New York in April.
Humber didn’t allow a hit until Alex Rodriguez grounded a single
up the middle with one out in the seventh.
The White Sox won for only the second time in 12 games. Chicago
snapped a 23-inning scoreless drought in the fourth when Carlos
Quentin doubled and scored on Adam Dunn’s grounder, and added a run
in the ninth after a popup fell behind the mound – in front of
charging shortstop Derek Jeter.
”It was just one of those in-betweeners,” Yankees catcher
Russell Martin said. ”It sort of landed in a dead zone.”
Sergio Santos got four outs for his first save and Chicago’s
second in eight chances this season. He gave the White Sox a scare,
allowing a leadoff single to Curtis Granderson before Mark Teixeira
hit into a double play. Rodriguez struck out to end the
Manager Ozzie Guillen said some of the White Sox’s problems
could be attributed to the quality of pitching they were
The often-traveled Humber (2-2) was up to the challenge against
A waiver claim this winter from the Oakland Athletics, the
former No. 3 pick overall by the New York Mets in 2004 was making
his sixth career start and had never gone beyond six innings in the
Humber started the seventh off with his sixth straight
groundball out before walking Teixeira. A-Rod then hit a sharp
grounder for the first hit, eliciting a cheer usually reserved for
one of his home runs.
White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez and catcher A.J. Pierzynski
immediately went to the mound to calm Humber after the hit, and the
right-hander responded by striking out Robinson Cano.
Nick Swisher grounded out to first on Humber’s 100th pitch, one
off his career high. Humber walked two and struck out five.
Humber was originally drafted by the Yankees in 2001, but did
not sign. He was probably best known in his big league career for
being traded by the Mets to Minnesota in a package for Johan
Santana in 2008.
Reliever Chris Sale got two outs in the Yankees eighth before
Santos was called upon when Andruw Jones was announced as a pinch
hitter. Manager Joe Girardi went to left-hander Eric Chavez, who
grounded a single down the right field line.
Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano, unavailable Sunday because of
tightness in his back, gave up a run in the ninth. The inning
started when Ramirez hit a high pop that dropped untouched behind
the mound. Paul Konerko singled home an insurance run.
With one out in the fifth, Humber hit Swisher with a pitch, then
induced Jorge Posada into grounding into a 3-6-3 double play.
NOTES: Burnett was drafted by the Mets in the eighth round in
1995. … The last time the Yankees were shut out during the
regular season at home was Aug. 20 against Seattle. The were shut
out by the Rangers 8-0 in the ALCS on Oct. 18.