I didn't watch very much of this game. Call me immature or a hater or whatever, I didn't want to sit through 3+ hours of David Ortiz ball washing. I really wish this Yankee team would have been around a few weeks ago though. That would have made these final few games even more exciting. Anyway, here are the bullet points:
- CC Sabathia was brilliant in his final start of the year. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks over 7.1 innings, striking out 8 and lowering his season ERA to 3.91. He struck out the first 4 batters he faced and never looked back. Fantastic season for the big fella.
- A pair of ribbie doubles by Starlin Castro (1st inning) and Jacoby Ellsbury (5th) gave the Yankees their first 2 runs. A bases loaded walk by Tyler Austin and a wild pitch gave them 2 more in the 6th to stretch the lead, and another double by Aaron Hicks made it 5-1 in the 8th.
- Ellsbury, Castro, and Hicks each had 2-hit nights.
- Gary Sanchez went 0-5 and took a golden sombrero in the process. That's rough. I'd hate to be the next baseball his bat comes in contact with.
- Richard Bleier pitched a clean 9th, dropping his season ERA down to 2.14. He and Tommy Layne have both done some good work lately.
- Kinda weird that the Yankees finished a sweep of the Red Sox and got eliminated from the postseason on the same day. Ya just can't predict baseball, Suzyn.