CC Hurls Complete Game Shut Out, Yanks Win 1-0

I really enjoyed watching this game.  Not just because the Yankees won, but because it was a very good game.  This was a great pitcher’s duel between very good pitchers who were on top of their games.  Let’s recap this 1-0 win:

Showing rare emotion. (Nick Laham/Getty Images)

  • CC Sabathia was incredible.  There’s no way around it.  He threw a complete game shut out, only allowing four hits and one walk and struck out nine.  He was once again dominant and once again his velocity was in the mid-90’s.  Do’t you just love the Summer CC, you know, the one that doesn’t lose?
  • Sabathia did get some help.  Sean Rodriguez led off the second with a double and then tried to steal third with no outs and was thrown out.  In the fourth, BJ Upton hit a one out single and was then picked off first.  Then in the seventh, Sean Rodriguez flew out to right and BJ Upton was running from first on the pitch. Instead of stopping when he saw the ball in the air, he kept running and was doubled off.
  • James Shields was almost just as good.  He tossed eight frames of one-run and allowed one unearned run.  He had Yankee hitters baffled by his change up all day. This is a very tough loss for him.
  • The Yanks had a very good chance to score in the third.  Eduardo Nunez led off with a single and then Derek Jeter bunted which I could somewhat understand and reached.  Curtis Granderson then came up and bunted over the runners, something I didn’t get.  Grandy has been the Yankees best hitter and Girardi took the bat out of his hands.  Mark Teixeira followed with a fly ball to center and Nunez was thrown out at home.
  • The Bombers finally broke the 0-0 tie in the bottom of the seventh.  Robbie Cano led off with a single.  On a Jorge Posada fly out, Upton tried to double off Cano from center and threw the ball into the Yankees dugout.  With two outs and a runner on third, Shields made a pick off attempt and threw the ball down the left field line.  Cano scored.
  • Derek Jeter got hit number 3004 and Brett Gardner added a hit as well.  Andruw Jones kept up his struggling way going 0 for 3 with a strikeout and is now batting .195.

The Yankees now head into the All-Star Break at 53-35 and have the potential to be tied for first place in the American League East.  After the break, the Yanks will head up to Toronto.

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