A win this afternoon and a series split would have been OK after losing the first 2 games. It also would have been a cool way to end the weekend with back-to-back W's on Jorge Day and Andy Pettitte Day. Unfortunately it wasn't in the cards, as another mostly non-existent offensive performance and more shoddy late-game relief work combined to give the Indians just enough to take the game and the series.
The big story of the day was CC Sabathia and his early exit. CC didn't look good from the start, giving up 2 runs in the top of the 1st on a monster Carlos Santana home run and putting 8 men on base (4 hits, 4 walks) in 2.2 innings. On the pitch that recorded the eighth out, Sabathia appeared to hurt himself and immediately left the game. We came to find out that it's another problem with his right knee and the bullpen was left with a crapton of work to do.
Give credit where it's due, the 'pen almost completely lived up to the challenge. Nick Rumbelow and Branden Pinder, a couple of strange choices to enter after Sabathia's exit, combined to pitch 4 innings of 1-run ball and keep the game manageable going into the final third. Chasen Shreve chipped in a big strikeout to end the 7th, and the library quiet offense responded with 2 runs in the bottom half on a Carlos Beltran 2-out double to tie the game.
Dellin Betances took over in the top of the 8th, and for the second straight game he was not at his best. Fastball command was off, curveball was inconsistent, and he hung one to Francisco Lindor with 1 out that Lindor smacked into the right field seats for a go-ahead home run. The offense couldn't muster up anything in their final 2 chances and Andy Pettitte Day ended on a disappointing note.
- The Lindor HR came right after Betances walked the leadoff man and then watched Brian McCann erase him with a perfect throw for a caught stealing. Absolute crusher. Also the first home run Betances has ever given up to a left-handed hitter. (h/t to IIATMS alum Katie Sharp for that one)
- Ellsbury was the only guy with multiple hits. McCann went 0-4 with 3 K, AKA the silver sombrero.
- Strange decision by Joe to pinch hit A-Rod for John Ryan Murphy in the bottom of the 7th. In doing so, he sacrificed the DH as McCann moved to catcher and left himself with very few options when the now pitcher's spot came up in the bottom of the 9th. Joe used Chris Young for that at-bat and Young struck out swinging.