Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia was in desperate need of a solid outing after his previous three starts had yielded 18 runs in 17 2/3 innings. The Royals provided the perfect tonic for Sabathia as he fired 6 2/3 shutout innings in a 7-1 win on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Sabathia won his 20th career game against the Royals and lowered his career ERA against them to 3.11. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out four.
“The cutter was a lot better today,” Sabathia said. “And the guys played great defense behind me. We figured out by the second inning they were coming out hacking. We just had to make some pitches on the edges and get some quick outs.”
“Back in the day, he was really good,” Royals catcher Salvador Perez said. “He can still do it. He keeps the ball down and works both sides of the plate really well. It was his night.”
Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer and Chris Carter added a two-run shot to fuel the Yankees’ offense.
Oddly patronizing answer from Salvador Perez.
Good for CC! Nice to see an actual GOOD performance from a Yankee starter for a change.
And as for Sanchez, he had been hitting better recently, but not with power - if the power is coming back, then watch out!
Let’s hope that Michael Pineda can keep the good times going on Wednesday night in the scorching heat of Kansas City!
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