CC Sabathia gave up HRs and 2 runs in each of the first two innings, and the Yanks (10-6) lost to the Pirates, 6-3, on Friday night.
The Yanks’ lineup will be interesting this weekend in Pittsburgh. For one thing, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius, the Yanks’ starting C and SS, are both still on the DL, and the Yanks lose the DH in the NL park.
In case you are wondering, the last Yankee pitcher to hit a HR was Lindy McDaniel in 1972.
Starlin Castro batted 3rd and had 2 hits, and Jacoby Ellsbury, the cleanup hitter, had 3 hits.
But I’m still trying to get used to Ellsbury in the 4 slot.
CC gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, then the Pirates struck for another run in the first.
In the second, he gave up a 2-run HR and the Yanks were in a quick 4-0 hole.
They got one in the third on a walk to Gardner, a double by Headley, and Gardner scored on a fielding error on the play. Greg Bird just missed tying the game later in the inning on a long drive that was just foul.
The Yanks made it 4-3 in the fifth on singles by Ellsbury and Judge, and both scored on a fielding error on a ball hit by Bird.
Any hopes for a comeback evaporated in the seventh when a two-out, two-base error by Castro led to two Pirate runs. The Yanks threatened, getting the tying run to the plate with two out in the ninth, but it wasn’t to be.
Sabathia (L, 2-1, 2.70) 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 0 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 0.84
Layne 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Faced one batter, walked him. 2.25
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.57