CC Sabathia clearly didn’t have it, but he made whatever he had last 6.1 IP. They call him an ace for a reason, and he always finds a way to keep the team in the game, even during his stinkers. He allowed 11 hits and 4 runs, and only earned 2 strike outs. It’s something to keep an eye on, especially while he’s still showing lower velocity, but despite some early shaky starts, CC still owns a 3.43 ERA this season.
On the other side of the mound, Freddy Garcia gave up just 3 hits and 2 walks. Good to see the ex-Yankee still throwing that nasty splitter, but he didn’t have to do it against his old team.
The (Lack of) Hitting
The Yankees offense would have been a real big complaint if it weren’t for all the home runs. Knowing they scored 6 runs, it really doesn’t seem like a problem, but the Yankees had just 4 hits through the first 8.0 innings of this game. Unfortunately for the Orioles, three of those four hits were solo home runs off the bats of Robinson Cano, David Adams, and Lyle Overbay.
The Blown Save
The team was down 4-3 in the top of the 9th inning, and Buck Showalter decided to send in his closer Jim Johnson over the lefty Brian Matusz to face Robinson Cano, Travis Hafner, and Lyle Overbay. Johnson was fresh off two blown saves, and has a recent history of blowing games to the Yankees, so it was a questionable move on Buck’s part. So of course the closer had to blow the game by giving up a game tying solo home run to Travis Hafner.
Thanks to David Robertson, the Yankees played in the 10th inning. Against Pedro Strop, the team stitched together 2 runs due to doubles by Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells, a sac bunt by Austin Romine, and a single by Hafner.
Don’t think this is even necessary at this point, but Mariano Rivera pitched a clean bottom of the 10th. He now has 17 saves this season. He’s incredible.
Hafner was the hero tonight, hitting the game tying home run, as well as a big line drive single in the 10th to score an insurance run. Wells had the go ahead hit, and went 1 for 2 after not starting the game. Overbay and Adams both had multi-hit games, and Cano was on base 3 times with his home run and 2 walks. Adams also made some incredible plays at third base tonight. Knowing the scouting reports on his minor league defense, I don’t expect that to continue, but he’s been incredible on both sides of the field. I’ll factor that in as small sample size for now, but I’d love to be wrong.