Homers Back Shaky CC In 12-5 WinPosted: May 8, 2011
This was a big game for the Yankees. They were 2-4 on this road trip coming in and this would be the difference between going 2-5 and 3-4. With CC Sabathia on the bump for them though, I figured they had a good shot, especially with emergency starter Dave Bush going for the Rangers. They would have to come back, but the Yanks pulled it out by a score of 12-5.
For the second straight start, Sabathia didn’t really have it. He just didn’t have the same control he usually does coming out of the gate. He gave up three runs in the first inning, and sure an Alex Rodriguez error helped that, but so did the two walks he issued. The lack of control caused him to throw 33 pitches in that one inning.
Early on, it seemed like he was pulling off of his pitches to the third base side which caused them to miss up and away. He then allowed a lead off walk in the second which would come around to score and before we knew it, Texas had a 4-0 lead.
However, CC battled as he always does. After the second, it seemed like a different game for him though. He had a 1-2-3, six pitch third and then scoreless fourth, fifth, sixth innings. He kept the Yanks in the game and allowed the offense to climb back into the game. It was enough to earn him his third win of the season.
Sabathia was pulled with a runner on first and nobody out in the seventh. Joba Chamberlain allowed the inherited runner to score and got a big strikeout to end the inning to keep the game at 6-5. Rafael Soriano then came into a 12-5 game for what I think is for the sake of getting him some work and worked a scoreless eighth. Then, with the game already put away, they went to Lance Pendleton for the ninth who kept his scoreless streak of innings going since he got called up.
And now on to the offense. There is so much to talk about, but I’ll start with Derek Jeter and Francisco Cervelli. Jeter went 4-for-6 with two big home runs and what people are most focused on got his average up to .276. His average has actually increased 34 points on this road trip which proves the point I make constantly which is that it is early. But it is nice to see his slugging percentage finally higher than his OBP.
Francisco Cervelli made his third start of the season today, which is actually more than Gustavo Molina made in his month with the club. Frankie went 1-for-5, but had a big Grand Slam to basically put the game out of reach and make it 10-5. The big thing about this was that he fouled a lot of pitches off and made Cody Eppley, the Texas pitcher, work.
Mark Teixeira added his ninth homer to the party along with Curtis Granderson’s American league leading eleventh. The only starter who actually did not have a hit was Robinson Cano who was just swinging at everything until his last at-bat when he drew a four-pitch walk. Despite going 4-for-15 with RISP, they managed to score twelve runs.
So this was a very ugly win. But I’d rather win ugly than lose beautifully and this was a huge one. Their ace didn’t have their best stuff, they didn’t score in the first two innings despite opportunities, and they committed a ridiculous four errors in the field. But it will be a nice flight home tonight and an even better off day tomorrow after sixteen straight games. They now return home for a six-game home stand against the Royals and Red Sox.