Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Gardner, Hafner Come Up Big in Comeback Victory
Sabathia struggled early in this one, allowing two runs in the first inning on a Paul Goldschmidt home run and allowed another run in the fifth after a lead-off triple and a sac fly. Sabathia was again able to go deep into the game, pitching eight solid frames and allowing only three runs, which is a deficit the Yankees are usually able to overcome. Sabathia's fastball topped out at 91.17 MPH and his average fastball velocity was at 90 MPH. If Sabathia knows what to do with the reduced velocity on his pitches he should not have trouble even if he throws 85 MPH because it's how you throw your pitches, not how fast your fastball velocity is. Following Sabathia was Mariano Rivera who threw a perfect ninth inning to notch his 612th career save.
The Yankees, who have won seven of their last eight games will go for the series sweep tomorrow with Phil Hughes on the mound, who needs a decent start badly. Opposing Hughes on the mound will be lefty Patrick Corbin who is 2-0 on the young season with a 1.50 ERA.