Homers Back CC In Destruction Of O’s

After two straight days off, we finally got to see the Yankees play and start a stint of sixteen straight days of baseball.  They were fully rested and refreshed and ready to go behind their ace, CC Sabathia.  It would sure look like they were refreshed as they pummeled Baltimore and won 15-3.

Sabathia headed into last night’s game still looking first win.  He had come close in his previous starts, even without his best stuff, but always fell just short.  Last night, however, he brought his best stuff and the Offense backed him.  His final line would be 8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, and 103 PC.  He made one mistake in the seventh inning when he left a pitch up to Adam Jones and he smacked it over the right field fence for a 3-run homer.  Other than that, he was spotless.

CC had the best performance of any Yankees starter this season. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

If you take a look at his pitches by inning, in the second, fourth, and sixth innings, he threw less than ten pitches each and the only time he threw above 20, was in the seventh and eighth innings.  The dominance is also shown in CC’s pitch fx graphics.  You can see from the Strikezone Plot that he was around the plate the entire night and had them guessing.  You can also see how much he changed speeds in the Pitch Speed graphic.  He topped out at around 96 and bottomed out at around 77.    All in all, he was fantastic.

After being called up on Friday night to replace Hector Noesi, Buddy Carlyle was able to get an inning of work.  He pitched a hitless ninth and looked pretty good.  Carlyle has been around for a while, but the only year he really had any success was in 2008 with the Braves when he posted a 3.58 FIP.

As I said before, the Yankees offense was on fire last night.  It started in the first when Derek Jeter actually led off the game with a single, his only hit of the game.  Three batters later, with runners on second and third and one out, Alex Rodriguez doubled them in to make it a 2-0 game.  The next batter, Robinson Cano would single him in and before Sabathia took the hill he had a 3-0 game.

Things kind of quieted down for a while as the O’s starter, Brad Bergesen settled down and was actually pitching quite nicely for a while.  Then, in the sixth, Russell Martin went deep in the three-run variety and the Yanks lead doubled to 6-0.  In the eighth, in only a three run game, Jorge Posada and Martin went back-to-back and it was all of sudden a 9-3 game.

(Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Later on in the inning (right after a pitching change), Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam, the 22nd of his career putting him second on the all-time list behind Lou Gehrig (23).  In the ninth, when the game was completely out of reach (13-3), Brett Gardner joined the homer party with a 2-run shot to make it 15-3, the final score.

The only New York starter that didn’t get a hit was Nick Swisher.  Special shout outs go out to Mark Teixeira, who was two for three with two walks and two runs scored, Robinson Cano, who was three for five with one RBI and two runs scored, and of course Martin and A-Rod who combined to go four for eight with one walk, ten runs batted in, and five runs scored.

A good shot of the Grand Salami. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

So it was definitely a great night for the Yankees as they dominated in every facet of the game.  The second and last game of this rain-shortened series will be played today at 1:35 on YES.  With so much offense last night and Jake Arrieta who enjoys great success against the Bombers pitching for the O’s, I’m not sure about the Yanks chances.

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