Beantown Beatdown: Yankees 14, Red Sox 5

Since joining the Yankees, CC Sabathia has not fared well at Fenway Park. Usually, it’s a house of horrors for him but tonight, when the Yankees and their bullpen needed him to step up, the former big man ended up having one of his best starts against the Red Sox in Boston. Sabathia lasted six innings, gave up only three hits – which is his lowest total at Fenway, two earned runs, walked three and struck out eight.

Sabathia was helped out by his offense tonight and was gifted a 7-0 lead after two and a half innings. The Red Sox came back and scored two runs in the third against Sabathia but thankfully, that was all they’d get against him. When the season first started, Sabathia had “meltdown” innings in his first couple of starts but now he seems like he’s figuring out how to get out of trouble. And while his velocity wasn’t necessarily shattering any radar guns, Sabathia was able to locate his pitches and was simply unhittable in the middle innings. Jason Collette of the Process Report tweeted that 70 out of CC’s 104 pitches were for strikes and that he had 12 swings and misses.

Sabathia now has two solid starts in a row under his belt.

The offense also stepped up and made it so Boston really didn’t have a chance to comeback and win this game. Boston’s defense also helped out by committing five errors. Yes, that says five. It was brutal out there tonight.

Five Yankee players had multi-hit nights: Jacoby Ellsbury, Derek Jeter, Alfonso Soriano, Brian Roberts and Yangervis SolarteBrett Gardner didn’t have a hit but he walked three times and scored four runs. Roberts also scored four runs. Ellsbury hit two doubles and had three RBI. Solarte had four RBI and scored two runs. Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira all finished with one hit each. Teixeira’s was his first home run of the year.

Boston starter Felix Doubront had a rough night lasting only two and 2/3 innings. He gave up seven runs (three earned) on six hits with two walks, one strikeout and he gave up the Teixeira home run.

Mike Carp ended up pitching the ninth inning for the Red Sox and he surrendered one run on one hit with five walks.

David Robertson came in to pitch the ninth inning and recorded a 1-2-3 inning.

Some cool stats:

  • This was Sabathia’s 91st win as a Yankee, tying Tommy John for 20th place on the Yankees all-time list – ESPN Stats & Info
  • Sabathia is now 10th on the Yankees all-time strikeout list with 1,031.
  • Solarte’s season numbers: .310 BA, 22 hits, eight doubles, 13 RBI and 8 runs scored.

And one last thing…

During the game, when the Yankees were up 7-0, David Cone, Michael Kay and Al Leiter got into a discussion about General Hospital which is my favorite soap opera of all-time. More specifically, they brought up 1980’s General Hospital which was its best era and I thought it was hilarious because I was getting tweets from people who know how much I love that show and how much I loved it in the 80s. So thanks to the broadcast crew for making me laugh tonight as they were musing about Luke and Laura and a big tip of the cap to Leiter who referenced Blackie Parrish who was played by John Stamos way back in the day. I think if they had talked about Robert Scorpio or Frisco Jones, I would have fainted.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.