Gutsy CC, Late Inning Rally Lead Yanks To Win

Last night’s loss was a tough one too swallow.  Bartolo Colon fell apart and the bats couldn’t get anything going.  With CC going tonight, the supposed stopper, however, I felt pretty good about tonight.  It didn’t look good for a while though, and I even changed the channel for a little bit to calm down.  But in the end everything came together and the Yankees pulled off a nice walk-off win.

(Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

We’ve seen two CC Sabathia’s this season.  We’ve seen the dominating one that we see every August and we’ve seen the gutsy one who doesn’t have his best stuff, but still finds a way to keep his team in the game.  Tonight, we saw the latter.

It was nice to see the big man catch a break. (Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

His final line would be 9 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, while throwing 103 pitches (77 strikes).  His bad inning came in the fourth when he allowed three runs on four hits, an error, and a walk.  He didn’t have his best control, but found it and stuck with it in the later innings.  Despite giving up four runs, he was still able to keep his pitch count very economical, only needing 90 pitches to get through eight frames.

Believe it or not, the Bombers actually got things going on the scoreboard with a Russell Martin solo shot in the bottom of the second.  After that, things were quiet and I was sure the game was over because the Yanks seem to score early and then be shut down in the later innings.  Not tonight though.

Down 4-1 in the eighth, Curtis Granderson led off with a double and was doubled in by Robinson Cano.  Russell Martin then singled him in before the inning ended.  In the ninth, Jorge Posada, pinch hitting four Eduardo Nunez, doubled to right center, a hit that actually should have been a single and an error because Jose Bautista misplayed it.  Chris Dickerson then pinch ran for him and got to third on a Derek Jeter ground out.

(Ron Antonelli/News)

With two outs, Granderson came up (of course he did) and he singled through the hole in the right side of the infield to tie it up.  During the next at-bat, Granderson stole second to put himself in scoring position, basically a signal for Mark Teixeira to make an out.  However, Tex came through with an RBI single and the Yanks won it 5-4.

This win reminded me how good walk-off wins are and how sweet pie tastes.  The funny thing about this one is that they didn’t use any homers in their come back.  It just goes to show that they don’t live by it too much and that as the bats start to heat up they won’t need it as much.  Also, it was nice to CC finally get a win out of one of these tough outings.  Anyway, these same two teams will play their rubber game tomorrow afternoon.

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