Saturday, July 22, 2017
CC Sabathia celebrated his 37th birthday with a victory over the Mariners on Friday, with Aaron Judge delivering the biggest present—a towering three-run home run that nearly exited Safeco Field—as the Yankees won their second straight, 5-1.
Sabathia threw five-plus innings of one-run ball as he improved to 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA. It’s the first time in six tries that Sabathia has won on his birthday, but it’s no surprise that success finally came at Safeco, where he’s 10-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 14 starts.
“He had to battle tonight, because he didn’t have his great stuff,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It actually was probably best the last couple of innings. … But he battled out of the first inning, and he’s always had a lot of heart, and that’s what we’re getting.”
Judge supplied the fireworks with his fifth-inning blast into the last rows of the upper deck in left field off Mariners rookie Andrew Moore, his Major League-leading 31st home run of the year. Judge also had a sacrifice fly in the third as he hiked his season RBI total to 72, two behind American League leader Nelson Cruz of the Mariners.
Holy shit, was that ball crushed. It almost left the stadium! That was Judge’s first home run of the second half and yet he is still leading the Majors in home runs. Hopefully this kickstarts a run of great performances for Judge. I’d really love to see Clint Frazier bat 2nd in the lineup with Judge 3rd and Sanchez 4th. Not only would it help the Yankees, but it would also be a nice little boost for the offense, but it sure would be nice to see the future of the franchise batting back-to-back-to-back!
Wow, winning the first two games of the series. Crazy. Good thing they have Luis freakin’ Cessa pitching on Sunday.
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