Sabathia Deals Yankees To 3-1 Win Over Indians
After a prolonged slide, the New York Yankees needed someone to step in and turn the momentum. They were hoping that CC Sabathia, fresh off of a stint on the disabled list, would be able to provide that turn against the Cleveland Indians. He did just that, looking as healthy as ever in a 3-1 Yankee victory.
The offense staked him to a lead right away, with Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher hitting back to back doubles in the top of the first to take gain the upper hand. They loaded the bases in the inning, but couldn’t push additional runs across.
Controversy was the theme of the second inning when Derek Jeter took a fastball from Indians starter Corey Kluber in the head, and was visibly displeased afterwards. The Yanks loaded the bases for the second straight inning, but failed to push anything across again.
In the bottom of the fourth, Sabathia threw behind Asdrubal Cabrera, who hit a solo shot to tie the game on the very next pitch.
In the fifth, New York had two runners in scoring position with one out, but again failed to put any runs on the board, keeping the game tied at one. Cleveland returned the favor in the bottom of the inning, failing to score with the bases loaded themselves.
Sabathia found himself in another jam in the sixth, with runners on first and third with one out. Once again, he managed to get out of it by inducing back to back strikeouts to keep the game tied at one.
Finally, the Yankees broke through in the top of the seventh. Jeter led the inning off with an infield single, which Swisher followed up with a two run bomb to right field to put the Yankees up by two, where they would stay for the remainder of the game.
Sabathia was fantastic for the Yankees, throwing 7.1 innings and allowing just the one run. His performance was a breath of fresh air to a Yankee team who needed the boost. The two teams square off tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.