Philip Humber was, apparently, exactly what the White Sox needed to break their losing streak. They had lost three straight and 10 of 11 coming into their series at Yankee Stadium beginning Monday Night.
Santos gave up a hit to Chavez, but got out of the eighth inning and then got out of the ninth after Curtis Granderson led off with a single. Mark Teixeira hit into a double play and Santos struck out A-Rod to end the game. It’s only the second save recorded by a Sox pitcher this year (Sale has the other).
The Sox scored a run on a double by Carlos Quentin and a pair of groundouts (RBI to Adam Dunn) in the fourth and added an insurance run in the ninth on a RBI single by Paul Konerko.
The two teams will meet again at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night at 6 p.m. CDT.
The White Sox have lost 10 of their last 11, and just got swept out of Detroit. Their 8-14 record is their worst after 22 games since 2001, the year after a division title season.
Wait, it gets worse. The 2001 team fell to 14-29, after which they decided it was batting coach Bill Buckner's fault; they fired him and replaced him with Von Joshua... which is exactly what the Cubs did in the middle of their failed 2009 season, firing batting coach Gerald Perry and replacing him with Joshua.
The good news is that the Sox have hitters who should be hitting who aren't, and you'd think eventually the bullpen issues will get solved. And the 2001 team turned it around and finished over .500 at 83-79. Last year's Sox got off to a bad start, too, and then turned in a June and July to remember.