Sunday, April 16, 2017
The Yankees did enough against an uncharacteristically wild Carlos Martinez to support a stellar start from CC Sabathia and extend their winning streak to six games with Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the Cardinals at Yankee Stadium.
The afternoon started in odd fashion, with the Yankees not putting a ball in play until Martinez’s 62nd pitch. By then, New York had drawn six walks, struck out six times and taken a 1-0 lead. The run scored on a Martinez wild pitch, the first of two errant throws he’d make that led directly to runs.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Martinez’s 5 1/3-inning start. “When he found the zone, he was electric. But he had trouble staying in it. Amazing that he got into the sixth like he did, as deep as he went, with that many free bases.”
But while Martinez spent the afternoon vacillating between walks and strikeouts (he finished with eight and 11, respectively), Sabathia was in command from the start. He lowered his season ERA to 1.47 and held the Cardinals to two singles before Jedd Gyorko took him deep with one out in the seventh.
One of the fun things about sports is how every game might have something happen in it that you’ve never seen before. That was certainly the case today, as Carlos Martinez had one of the oddest starts ever.
In the end, though, this game was about CC Sabathia pitching really well for a third straight game.
The Yankees go for an improbable sweep on Sunday and I can’t wait to see what kind of house money lineup we see. Kozma batting cleanup?
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