“I want to,” Mitre told MLB.com, sporting a heavy wrap on his right forearm. “I hope so.”
“There’s some concern there,” Girardi said. “He got hit pretty hard.”
Mitre had just issued his only walk of the day to Brent Lillibridge to begin the inning when Pierzynski lined a 1-0 pitch so hard that Mitre could not get his glove up in time and the ball struck him in the right forearm. Mitre managed to scramble behind the mound for the ball and retire Pierzynski.
However, the contusion immediately swelled and Mitre left the game. X-rays taken at Yankee Stadium revealed no broken bone. The Yankees are just hopeful that the swelling and pain subside enough for Mitre to make his next start.
Mitre (3-1) has proven to be valuable in that the Yankees have won five of his seven starts. On Saturday, Mitre proved he finally belonged by inducing 12 ground ball outs out of the 19 outs he recorded in the game, proving his sinker was working.
“I know what I can do,” Mitre said to MLB.com. “I think they know what I’m capable of doing.”
Mitre also received some flashy plays in the field from Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano to keep the White Sox off the bases. Rodriguez robbed Paul Konerko of a hit in the fifth inning with a diving grab of a grounder to his right.
Cano later frustrated Jayson Nix by ranging all the way across the second base bag to glove another grounder and throwing a strike to Mark Teixeira at first base against his momentum carrying him towards left-field.
The only hit Mitre allowed was with one out in the fifth inning on a scorched liner off the bat of Jim Thome that Teixeira just missed and went for a double. Mitre had pitched a perfect game up to that point.
Of course, Mitre got plenty of run support too. The Yankees bashed their former teammate Jose Contreras like a pinata over the first four innings.
When the dust settled and Contreras (5-13) left the mound with one out in the fourth inning, the Yankees had pounded him for nine hits and eight runs. Contreras, who was originally pulled from the rotation last week but had to be reinstated due to an injury to Jake Peavy in his last rehab start, also walked three batters and threw 77 pitches.
Jerry Hairston and Johnny Damon both doubled in a pair of runs in the second inning. Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui, Nick Swisher and Cano — helped by two White Sox errors — each drove in a run in the fourth inning.
Rodriguez later capped the scoring with a solo home run in the eighth inning, his 23rd of the season, to give the Yankees a 10-0 lead. It is the fifth time in the past eight games the Yankees have scored in double digits.
“I’m not going to take credit away from New York,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told MLB.com. “They’ve got great players out there.”
Newly acquired swingman Chad Gaudin came in the game to replace Mitre after he was injured and pitched 2 2/3 no-hit shutout innings. He walked just one batter and struck out four.
Girardi though was proud to be vindicated for his faith in Mitre.
“I know his work ethic,” Girardi told MLB.com. “I know his personality. I know his stuff. And I know he has a very good sinker.”
Instead of hoping for a rainout, Girardi actually is now hoping Mitre can heal fast enough for his next start in five days. If not, Gaudin likely will get the call.
The victory, coupled with the Boston Red Sox 3-1 victory over the Tornto Blue Jays on Saturday night, allowed the Yankees to maintain their six-game in the American League on the Red Sox.
But more pressing will be the completion of the three-game series with White Sox on Sunday. The Yankees can sweep the series and will have Joba Chamberlain (8-4, 4.34 ERA) on the mound. Handed a 4-0 lead on Tuesday, Chamberlain gave it back by allowing the Texas Rangers to score seven runs in four innings. He allowed nine hits, walked three and struck out five.
The Yankees have now decided not to skip his turns in the rotation but limit his innings in his starts to four or five innings. He is 1-2 with a 8.55 ERA in his last four starts. Chamberlain has never started against the White Sox in his career.
Chamberlain will be opposed by Freddy Garcia (0-1, 6.75 ERA). The 33-year-old right-hander turned in his first quality start since May 28, 2007 on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. He gave up five hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision at Fenway Park. He is 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA against the Yankees in his career.
Gametime is 1 p.m. EDT
“I really can’t be too upset,” said Sabathia, who threw 113 pitches and remained undefeated in his past six starts. “They put some good at-bats together; give them credit.”
“We’d rather win them earlier than walk-offs,” Bruney told MLB.com. “That means we’ve been in a lot of close games. I think for the bullpen, that’s beneficial.
“We’re pitching in a lot of tight games like it’s going to be in the playoffs. Fortunately, we’re getting our reps in, but obviously we’d like to win those earlier in the game.”
The Yankees will try to make it two in a row on Saturday afternoon when they send Sergio Mitre (2-1, 6.82 ERA) to the mound. In his last start on Aug. 15 in Seattle, Mitre pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits to log his second win.
He will face former Yankee right-hander Jose Contreras (5-12, 5.09 ERA). In his last start, Contreras gave up seven runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings against Red Sox at Fenway Park last Monday. Manager Ozzie Guillen originally said Contreras would move to the bullpen but decided to give him a reprieve. Contreras is 2-5 with a 4.20 ERA against his former team.
Friday night’s game was played in steady downpour and the forecast for Saturday is not good. Tropical Storm Danny is expected to cause windy and rainy conditions for the next two days in New York.
Weather permitting, gametime is 1 p.m. EDT.
“Andy came down and shut down a pretty potent offense tonight,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “These guys really swing the bats. His stuff was outstanding. The location of his fastball was really good, his cutter was really good again tonight. That’s seven strong innings.”
“You just want to do something positive that day,” Hairston said. “I think I’ve learned that, being in this type of role where you’re playing third [base] or center field or left field. You just try to do something positive.”
r than that, he was outstanding.”
“You put hitters like him in that order and it just lengthens it out so much, there’s no deep breath,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “Every time you make a mistake, they made us pay for it.”
GAME TWO PREDICTION
“It was incredible,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “The good thing is we kept tacking on. They kept coming back as well. Big nights … up and down the lineup.”
“It’s baseball,” Jeter told MLB.com. “That’s why you can’t punch it all into a computer and figure out who’s going to win. You could try, but I bet you wouldn’t figure this out.”
“I can tell you one thing: That’s not the team we played two months ago,” Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz told MLB.com. “We’ve got to keep that in mind. They have a lot of good players, and they’ve found a way to put themselves together. We’ve been watching that for years.”