Sox, Yanks don't play like first-place teams

CHICAGO -- In a matchup of two first place teams you would not expect the poorly pitched, strangely managed mess that occurred between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees on the south side Monday night.

Both starting pitchers Gavin Floyd and Freddy Garcia were gone before the fifth inning had ended. The most patient man in baseball, Sox manager Robin Ventura lost confidence in Floyd, who allowed 10 base runners in 2 1/3 forgettable innings.

As for Girardi, he did the unthinkable, using four pitchers (including Garcia) in the fifth inning alone to set up a late-inning disaster. Ventura had his moments as well, bringing on reliever Brett Myers to get out light-hitting Chris Stewart with one out in the seventh inning, preceding Derek Jeter’s double.

A win is a win for the White Sox, who had lost three straight after getting swept by Kansas City over the weekend. Once again the home run ball accounted for six of the nine Sox runs, a nice problem but a problem just the same for the team as of late. On Monday they ran into a team that depends even more on the long ball then they do. The Yankees have scored over 50 percent of their runs via the home run.

Ventura decided to gut this game out with his bullpen rather then watch the inconsistent Floyd put the team in a deeper hole.

“There was a lot of stuff going on matchup wise, but guys came in and did their job,” Ventura said. “With Gavin going out early there were a lot of moving pieces out there to make decisions on.”

Floyd was upset to the point of kicking some things around the dugout after he was removed with one out in the third inning.

“I didn’t pitch the way I wanted to pitch,” said Floyd, who had his shortest outing since Aug. 3, 2011 against the Yankees. “I didn’t feel like I could consistently throw strikes. I was trying to be to perfect and I just stunk today, I really did. I didn’t attack the way I wanted to.”

The White Sox had lost seven straight home games to New York before Monday’s victory.