In his last four starts, CC Sabathia has thrown 33.2 of 36 possible innings. The Yankees have won all four of those games, unsurprisingly. It’s the first time a Yankees’ starter has completed eight or more innings in four straight starts since David Cone in 1998. Dude’s a straight up beast. The Yankees won 3-2, and here’s the important stuff…
- Robinson Cano got the Yankees on the board with a solo homer in the fourth, fouling off six pitches as part of a ten-pitch at-bat. Best of all, Torii Hunter jumped at the fence trying to catch the ball, but he instead landed on a fan. That’s what you see above.
- Alex Rodriguez tacked on two all-important insurance runs with a two-run bomb in the sixth, a 93 mph fastball that leaked right over the plate. No fans were hurt in the making of that one.
- As for the rest of the offense, both Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson reached base twice (single and a walk for each), the slumping Brett Gardner had two singles, and Nick Swisher ripped an opposite field double off the wall. Everyone but Mark Teixeira and Russell Martin reached base at least once.
- Sabathia was The Man™, allowing runs only when when his defense (coughJetercough) played a little sloppy behind him. The end result was 8.2 IP and two runs (one earned), which is as good as it gets. Mariano Rivera came in for the one pitch save, guaranteeing the Yankees a winning road trip. Good stuff.
- Here’s the box score, and here’s the WPA graph.
Rubber game tomorrow afternoon, when former Angel Bartolo Colon and (possible future Yankee) Joel Pineiro square off at 3:35pm ET.