Sunday, July 10, 2011
NEW YORK—CC Sabathia and James Shields pitched like All-Stars on Sunday, dueling back and forth, sitting down batter after batter and not allowing a single earned run. The starters followed a day interrupted for celebrations by orchestrating the second-shortest game Yankee Stadium has held all season long.
Sabathia was nasty today and punctuated the game with a 98mph fastball to strike out Elliot Johnson, but the Rays basically gifted this one to the Yankees. Sean Rodriguez led off the second with a double and inexplicably tried to steal third and was thrown out. We don’t know how the rest of the inning would have played out, but there was a very good chance the Rays might have scored a run.
Similarly, the Yankee offense couldn’t do anything against Shields. Robinson Cano led off the seventh with a single, and then Jorge Posada followed up with a short fly to CF. B.J. Upton made the catch and then tried to double off Cano off first but instead threw the ball into the dugout near the Chuck Knoblauch memorial seats. They awarded Cano third base after that. Then, after Russell Martin grounded out to a drawn in infield for out number two which meant Cano couldn’t score, an errant pickoff throw by Shields let Cano score the only run of the game.
I don’t care, I’ll take it.
Sabathia has been ridiculously good over his last four starts.
31.2 IP, 22 H, 1 R, 6 BB, 42 K, 0 HR, 0.28 RA, 1.12 FIP. He’s going to make some serious coin when he opts out to join the Red Sox.
At least the Yankees will enter the All Star Break tied in the loss column with the best team of all time. You really couldn’t have expected any more than that, could you?
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