Wednesday, June 5, 2013

CC you Later

Today could have been a historic day with CC Sabathia on the mound, coming off his brilliant performance against the Red Sox on Friday. Sabathia was cruising through four innings before allowing a base hit to Mike Aviles in the fifth inning with two outs. Despite the perfect game being ruined, Sabathia was still able to go the distance by throwing nine innings of dominant baseball. Sabathia struck out nine batters on his way to his sixth win of the season and his first complete game of the season. More importantly than just for himself, Sabathia pitching a complete game enabled Girardi to save his entire bullpen for the upcoming west coast road trip that will feature stops to Seattle, Oakland and Anaheim. At times in today's start, Sabathia looked like his old self despite his fastball topping out at 92-93 MPH.

The offense in today's game came in two innings but was able to be enough for a victory. First, Hafner slammed a home run into the second deck in right field after Cano reached on an error by center fielder Michael Bourn. Following Hafner's home run, the Yankees added a run on a Chris Stewart RBI single in the second inning before Brett Gardner hit a bomb into the right field seats for his sixth home run of the season, one short of his career high. The Gardner home run seemingly put the game out of reach for the Indians, but they were able to score off Sabathia in the sixth and seventh innings of the game. The six runs scored early in the game by the Yankees were enough for them to hold on for the win. 

The Yankees finish their home stand off strong with a sweep of the Indians and head to Seattle for four late games. In tomorrow's opener Phil Hughes will try to pitch well in a spacious Safeco Field against Aaron Harang. 

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