Sunday, May 20, 2012
NEW YORK—CC Sabathia carried a lead to the mound and couldn’t hold it, serving up three seventh-inning runs as the Yankees dropped a 5-2 decision to the Reds on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Sabathia had blanked the Reds over six strong innings and was staked to an advantage by Raul Ibanez’s two-run blast off Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto in the sixth, but the left-hander came undone in the decisive seventh.
Another tough loss for a team that’s just not playing that well of late. Cueto was nasty all game, with a changeup that looked like a screwball and a 94-95 mph fastball that had pretty good movement, but when Ibanez homered it felt like the Yankees had the game in hand with CC looking strong. Then came the seventh.
The Reds are a pretty good team, but losing 2 of 3 at home to them is a tough pill to swallow. At this point I don’t know how good this team is, but I’ll re-project them some time here in the next couple of days to see if we can get a sense of what the rest of the season should look like.
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