CC dominates Mariners in complete game win

Aune doubles twice in GCL win
Giants tried to acquire Eric Chavez before trade deadline

Source: FanGraphs

Friday night’s win over the Mariners was pretty close to picture perfect. The offense scored early to take the league and then tacked on insurance runs late, all while the starting pitcher was in total control of a bad opposing lineup. Pretty great game. Let’s recap…

  • Non-Personal Catcher: Chris Stewart may never catch CC Sabathia again. Sabathia utterly dominated the Mariners in the complete game win with Russell Martin behind the dish, though a garbage time two-run homer from Dustin Ackley makes his pitching line deceptively average looking. He struck out ten, walked just one, and got another eleven outs on the ground. Just brutally effective, he had no-hit type stuff going.
  • Singles & Homer: The Yankees went 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and the first of the four was a nice solid single to right by Curtis Granderson to score a pair of runs in the third. Robinson Cano and Raul Ibanez singled in one run apiece in the seventh, the latter of which came off  left-hander (!). In between all that, Eric Chavez hit a cheap little two-run Yankee Stadium homer in the sixth. He was using Andruw Jones‘ bat for whatever reason, but it worked.
  • Leftovers: Ichiro Suzuki beat out an infield single to start that third inning rally, extending his exactly-one-hit streak to ten games … every starter in the lineup had at least one hit while Cano (single and double), Chavez (single and homer), and Russell Martin (two singles and stolen base) had two each … Nick Swisher was noticeably flexing his left leg during his third at-bat, the same leg with the hip flexor issue from a week ago. He was moving fine around the outfield and played all nine innings though … the Yankees hit a homer for the 21st consecutive home game, two short of the franchise record set in 1963. has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the advanced stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Rays beat the Orioles to take over second place in the AL East, which the Yankees still lead by seven in the loss column. It’ll be Hiroki Kuroda against Felix Hernandez in the middle game of this three-game set on Saturday afternoon. Check out RAB Tickets for some last minute deals if you want to catch the game. I’ll be there and you should too.

Aune doubles twice in GCL win
Giants tried to acquire Eric Chavez before trade deadline
  • Richard Leo

    Eric Chavez is so good

    • Deep Thoughts

      If I watch his highlights on my phone, on the worst quality settings, I can pretend it’s Mattingly reincarnated with that crouch and that sweet compact swing. Although it was easier when Chavez still had the ‘stache.

      • Steve (different one)

        He really does look like him.

  • The Real Greg

    And the Twins just beat the Red Sox in extras.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      *yawn* if they get within six I might start caring again.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

      It would be so great if Bobby V got fired after one season.

      • Dale Mohorcic

        I really hope he’s around for a long time. . . .

      • OMG! Bagels!

        Boston sportscasters blaming it on the RS FO not letting him bring his own coaches in. Might be something to that actually.

        • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

          The pitching coach was away from the club for 2 weeks because he has a young child who had some type of medical problem and Valentine recently referred to the leave of absence as a “vacation “.

          He is a pretty much a classless piece of shit and supposedly the players and the other coaches can’t stand the sight of him.

          If the Sux dont make a major run, I think he’s a goner.

          • Steve (different one)

            Bobby Valentine is a clown. I hated him with a white hot passion when he was with the Mets, but somehow over the last 10 years I’d forgotten what a douche he is.

            I am happy he got Youkilis traded for a pile of magic beans though.

            • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

              I despise him too from his Mets days. Everytime I see that phony smiling clown face of his I wish someone would just punch him in his face, preferably Mike Tyson.

    • Get Phelps Up

      They’ve lost 3 of 5 since the Yankees turned their season around.

      • Dino Velvet

        I just knew the Sox would play over their heads vs the Yanks and then return to their bumbling ways vs regular teams..

        Fact is most teams only play super hard when they face New York.

    • MartinRanger

      Perfect evening.

    • MartinRanger

      Perfect evening.

  • dkidd

    can we please stop the whole Chris Stewart as CC’s double secret personal catcher thing now?

    also: Russell Martin has a higher OPS than Jesus Montero

    • MartinRanger

      that’s what taking walks will do for you. Now imagine if his BABIP was anywhere near his career norms.

      • Tom Q

        Martin’s got going a lesser version of what Jason Giambi had in his late time with the Yankees — even with the average below the Mendoza line, a ton of walks push up the OBP and the home runs make him less useless than he appears.

        • Brian S.

          They should give him an extension unless Romine is as good at framing pitches. There are no better options on the market.

          • Kosmo

            Martin might get a 1-year deal with Romine as his caddy.
            it is sad to think if Martin is injured over the next 2 months who would catch on a full-time basis.

        • Laz

          Obp is almost .320, like i have been saying all year, him taking an ton of walks helps. He takes alot of pitches per ab, more than most in the league.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      I bet all the Mariners fans wish they had a hitter of Martin’s caliber in their lineup.

  • RetroRob

    A true ace would have known to take himself out of the game after eight innings to prevent a garbage-time HR.

  • sangreal

    Swisher actually admitted a couple of games ago that he is not 100% (said it came into play when he got thrown out at first in that close play). I was surprised he was in the outfield tonight

  • Deep Thoughts

    I guess you could say that Ichiro is just a one-hit wonder.

    • Tcmiller30

      Anyone else hoping he breaks the consecutive game hit streak with exactly 57 hits?!?! Haha I can’t wait for a multi hit game outta this guy

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    +89 run differential lookin’ nice…

  • OMG! Bagels!

    After the game Martin said he was glad it went well otherwise there would have been LOTS of stories about how Martin can’t catch CC. I think that narrative is dead now.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

      Let’s hope so because The sight of Chris Stewart starting game 1 of the playoffs is more than I can stomach.


    Good ole Jorge Posada at WImbeldon finals with Serena vs Sharaova

    • OMG! Bagels!

      True Tennis Fan ™