MLB Game Recap - Chicago Sox at NY Yankees
Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

BAL
9
BOS
5
F
CHW
0
NYY
4
F
DET
3
MIN
4
F
LAA
6
CHC
5
F
TB
1
TOR
3
F
PIT
2
WAS
3
F
COL
2
SF
5
F
PHI
3
MIA
10
F
STL
2
CIN
5
F
CLE
0
KC
3
F
NYM
7
ATL
11
F
SD
5
ARI
4
F
HOU
3
SEA
1
F
MIL
4
LAD
1
F
OAK
TEX
PPD

April 13, 2019 1:05 PM

Final

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9

R

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E

Chicago Sox (4-9)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

NY Yankees (6-8)

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

x

4

7

1

W: Germán (3-0)

L: Nova (0-2)

CHW - HR: none

NYY - HR: Judge (4)

Sabathia cruises in return from angioplasty, Yanks 1-hit CHW
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:20 PM

NEW YORK (AP) CC Sabathia performed a big league first Saturday: consecutive regular season starts of at least five innings, no walks and no more than one hit.

Among Sabathia's more remarkable feats, considering what came between.

"That is classic CC right there," said Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

Sabathia began his 19th and final big league season with five stellar innings, pinch-hitter Luke Voit came through with a broken-bat RBI single in the seventh and New York one-hit the Chicago White Sox 4-0 Saturday to end a four-game slide.

Sabathia allowed a hit and no other baserunners in his first start since having a stent inserted after blockage was found in an artery from his heart in December. He's the first pitcher ever with five innings, one hit and no walks over back-to-back starts, per the Elias Sports Bureau, although it didn't feel quite as smooth as it looked.

"I was out there the first inning, I was like, shaking," said Sabathia, who plans to retire after the season. "Thinking from where I came from in December and actually being back on the mound, it's cool. I was able to kind of harness those nerves."

Johnny Vander Meer pitched back-to-back no-hitters for Cincinnati in 1938, walking a total of 11 in those two games.

Jose Rondon had Chicago's only hit, a clean single in the third inning.

It was scoreless in the seventh when second baseman Yolmer Sanchez booted a likely double play grounder to set up Voit's RBI. With the bases loaded, New York's beefy, breakout slugger split his bat near the handle 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 narrowly 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' leadoff single, and the former Yankee right-hander was cheered by some Bronx fans as he walked off.

"I was blacked out," Nova said of the reaction. "It was pretty cool."

Domingo German (3-0) followed Sabathia by striking out four in two overpowering innings. 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 just 6-8.

Chicago has lost six of seven and dropped to 4-9.

Boone kept the 38-year-old Sabathia on a short leash in his first start following offseason 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 only threw 62 pitches.

"He's a craftsman out there," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "And he did a nice job of keeping us at bay."

"It means a lot to the room that he came back," Boone said.

Sabathia had an almost identical line last September against Tampa Bay before he was ejected for plunking Jesus Sucre. This was his first regular season start since.

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.

No such issues Saturday. Nova and Sabathia were all over the strike zone, allowing a combined five baserunners over the first five innings - two of those were erased by a pair of White Sox double plays. Time of game was a crisp 2:28.

It was a memorable day for those starters, who were tight as pinstriped teammates over parts of seven seasons. Nova refers to Sabathia as his mentor, and Sabathia considers Nova a little brother.

"I knew he was going to be good today," Sabathia said. "He had been calling me all week, saying we were lining up and all that stuff. It was good to see him pitch well. Especially, I knew he wanted to pitch well at Yankee Stadium. "

GOTTA GLOVE IT

Wade made a diving stop on Welington Castillo's grounder at second leading off the third. Sabathia pointed his glove toward Wade in appreciation. Two batters later, center fielder Brett Gardner covered a lot of ground to make a sliding catch on Adam Engel's flare. That got two arms up from Sabathia.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Dellin Betances received a cortisone shot to treat inflammation around a bone spur in his right shoulder. He plans to rest for three weeks before resuming throwing, with a goal of returning to the bullpen in six to seven weeks. ... OF Giancarlo Stanton (strained left biceps) is hitting off a tee and soft toss, but not with 100% effort. He's still unsure if he'll need a minor league rehab assignment. ... 1B/DH Luke Voit was out of the lineup for a rest day.

UP NEXT

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 1.47) has been the only Yankees starter to reliably work late into games. He'll get the ball in the series finale against White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon.

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Pitchers of Record

Chicago Sox IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
I. Nova (L, 0-2) 6 4 1 1 5 1.50 0.833
NY Yankees IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
D. Germán (W, 3-0) 2 0 0 0 4 0.00 0.000

Batting Leaders

Chicago Sox AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Rondón 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.0
E. Jiménez 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
NY Yankees AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
A. Judge 4 1 1 1 1 0 4 0 1.0
L. Voit 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1.0

Team Comparison

CHW NYY
At Bats 29 29
Hits 1 7
Batting Average .034 .241
On Base Percentage .034 .258
Slugging Percentage 0.034 0.345
Doubles 0 0
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 0 1
Total Bases 1 10
Walks 0 1
Strikeouts 9 7
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 2 4
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 0/0 2/5
Double Plays Fielded 3 0
Errors 1 1

2019 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri Apr 12 CHW 9 @ NYY 6 L. Giolito J. Happ
Sat Apr 13 CHW 0 @ NYY 4 D. Germán I. Nova

Game Information

Stadium: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Attendance: 41,176
Game Time: 2:28
Weather: 69F, Mildly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?