Old-Timers See 6-2 Loss
A couple of young Chicago White Sox hitters spoiled oldtimers day for the New York Yankees.
Greg Norton and Magglio Ordonez each drove in two runs and the White Sox ended New York’s four-game winning streak with a 6-2 victory Saturday.
A crowd of 55,638 that included Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford and Phil Rizzuto saw the Yankees (72-26) fall two games behind the record pace set by the 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates through 98 games.
“I needed to do something to help the team,” said Norton, who hit two run-scoring singles. “I was fortunate enough to get the hits at the right time.”
Norton, 25, came into the game batting only .224 with 18 RBIs in 60 games. Ordonez, 24, had a run-scoring single and a sacrifice fly.
Albert Belle, Robin Ventura, Norton and Ordonez combined for seven of Chicago’s nine hits. The quartet scored all six White Sox runs and drove in four.
“Those guys were rough today,” Yankee starter Hideki Irabu said through an interpreter.
Chicago’s bullpen contributed three scoreless innings to make a winner of Mike Sirotka (10-9).
Bob Howry pitched 1 2/3 innings to extend his scoreless streak to 12 1/3 innings and Bill Simas got the last four outs for his ninth save.
“Our bullpen is probably our biggest strength. We can easily shorten the game up a little that way,” White Sox Manager Jerry Manuel said.