So So Sabathia: Brewers 5, Yankees 4

This is a game the Yankees probably could have and should have won but CC Sabathia and the Yankees’ defense had other ideas in mind.

Home runs were a problem for Sabathia once again. This time he gave up three: a solo shot to Carlos Gomez in the first inning, a two-run shot to Jonathan Lucroy in the third and a solo shot to Aramis Ramirez in the third.

The Yankees took the lead in the top of the third when Brett Gardner hit a triple that scored Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran hit a single to score Gardner.

After the Brewers took the lead in the bottom of the third, the Yankees chipped away in the sixth when Mark Teixeira hit his sixth home run of the season and they tied the game in the seventh after a pinch hit RBI single by Alfonso Soriano scored Kelly Johnson.

The lead and game were lost in the bottom of the seventh when Alfredo Aceves gave up an RBI single to Rickie Weeks.

Francisco Rodriguez, who is enjoying a tremendous season with the Brewers so far, earned his league-leading 15th save.

The Good

  • Mark Teixeira and Brendan Ryan both had two hits apiece.
  • Dellin Betances is still dealing. He struck out both batters he faced in the bottom of the sixth in relief of Sabathia who left the game with the bases loaded.

The Bad and the Ugly

  • Sabathia and the home runs. It’s like he’s turning into Phil Hughes.
  • The Yankees walked once.
  • Ryan made what turned into a costly error. After he botched a routine play in the third inning, Sabathia coughed up the lead.
  • Aceves was called for a balk two pitches before Weeks’ RBI single.

The Yankees will look to rebound tomorrow with Hiroki Kuroda on the mound.

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.

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