Well, that didn’t go exactly as planned. Despite having one of his best starts of the year — he allowed just four baserunners after the first inning — Buehrle was once again denied his 150th career win. His line on the night, three earned runs on six hits and seven innings pitched, reflects his dominance, considering that prior to this game he had a 6.68 career ERA against the Yankees.
What did Buehrle in on Wednesday night was a combination of a mistake in the first inning and lackluster offense by the Sox. Buehrle gave up a leadoff walk to Derek Jeter, and two outs and a bloop single by Alex Rodriguez later, Robinson Cano took Buehrle deep for a 3-0 Yankees lead.
Those three runs would be all New York would need on the night, as the Sox could only muster one of their own. Part of this was due to the excellent pitching by former Sox pitcher Bartolo Colon, who looks to be back in top form. Colon threw eight innings, giving up just the one run on seven hits while striking out six. One of those strike outs was from the still badly slumping Gordon Beckham, who failed at a chance to get the Sox some more runs when they had the bases loaded and nobody out in the second inning. The strikeout dropped Beckham’s season average to .198.
The White Sox will try to take three of four from the Yankees as they wrap up the four game set on Thursday night in New York. First pitch in that game will be at 6:05 P.M., CDT.