It was a big week for CC Sabathia and his family, as he and his wife Amber were blessed with their fourth child on Thursday. Then, on Saturday, CC recorded his 150th career victory in Game Two of a four-game weekend series against the Boston Red Sox, leading the Yankees to a 5-2 win on the “Fox Game of the Week”.
The Sox scored first in the top of the second on a solo homer by Victor Martinez, and back-to-back doubles by Adrian Beltre and Mike Lowell to take an early 2-0 lead.
The Yanks struck right back to tie the score against Bosox starter John Lackey (L,10-7), in the bottom of the second on a RBI triple by Curtis Granderson, and a groundout RBI by Ramiro Pena … Pena was playing third in place of the injured Alex Rodriguez, who was hit on the left ankle by a line drive off the bat of Lance Berkman in batting practice.
In the fifth inning, the Yankees took the lead on four straight two-out singles by Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, and Jorge Posada, moving ahead in the game by a score of 4-2.
Pena stroked a RBI single in the sixth inning to drive home the final run of the game, framing the score at Yankees 5, Red Sox 2.
Sabathia (14-5) had a very solid outing, throwing 101 pitches over eigth innings on the mound, allowing [only] the two runs in the second inning, on six hits, one walk, and four strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 3.14.
CC retired the final 20 of 24 batters he faced, before the “Great Mariano” closed out this victory by pitching a perfect ninth for his 23th save.
This victory, combined with the 17-11 Tampa Bay Rays loss to the Toronto Blue Jays [a game in which the Blue Jays hit eight homers], upped the Yanks (68-41) lead over the Rays (67-43) to 1.5 games in the AL East, and dropped the third place Red Sox (63-48), to six games behind the Bronx Bombers.
A very fine week and day for CC Sabathia. And, a great game by the New York Yankees.
– Jimmy Curran “BY&L” – Baseball, The Yankees, and Life …