As Joe Torre used to say… small bites.
After an 8-17 start, the first order of business is getting back to .500. One step at a time.
The Yanks moved closer to that goal with an 8-3 win tonight over Oakland that put them at 19-22.
CC Sabathia came off the DL with a solid outing, going six innings and giving up only one run. I have not posted CC’s win total in a while, but this is #217 of his career, tying Mickey Lolich and Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons on the all-time list. He has passed Rick Reuschel, Mark Buehrle, Stan Coveleski, Jim Perry, Wilbur Cooper, Charlie Hough and Curt Schilling this year.
CC hasn’t really been good since 2012, and I wrote him off last year. I don’t know how much of those troubles had to do with his problems with the bottle, but then again, how was I to know he had those troubles? No one knew.
But hopefully CC has everything going for him again and get back to somewhat close to what he used to be.
After CC gave up a run in the second, the Yanks exploded for five runs in the fourth. Ronald Torreyes tried a squeeze bunt, failed, but made up for it with a 2-run triple, putting the Yanks up 2-1. He later scored on a WP. Later in the inning Carlos Beltran had a 2-run double.
The Yanks got a run in the sixth on another RBI double by Beltran. The A’s scored in the seventh to make it 6-2.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 2-run triple in the 9th.The A’s scored in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 8-3 Yankees.
Beltran had 3 hits, 3 RBI. All 3 hits were doubles.
Didi Gregorius had 3 hits. Torreyes had 2 hits, 2 rbi.
I don’t know how many times this year Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference, but it happened again tonight.
CC (w, 3-2, 3.41 nice resurgence) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 8 K.
Yates 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.08
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walk, 0 K. 4.00.
A nice win where you didn’t have to use any of No-Runs DMC.