In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how besides Tanaka, the corner infielders, 3B and 1B, needed to step up.
Step up is what Chris Carter and Chase Headley did tonight in the Yanks’ 8-0 win over Boston that stretched their AL East lead to 2 games. The Yanks are now 33-23.
A few years ago, I had great concerns about CC Sabathia, fearing that he was done. To his credit, CC realized that he had to reinvent himself. The new CC isn’t the CC of old, but a new CC that had to find and perfect a new style of pitching in order to succeed. It appears he has done that, thank goodness.
The Yanks struck in the third for the only run CC would need when Didi Gregorius hit his fifth HR of the season.
In the fourth, Starlin Castro tripled and Gary Sanchez (dropped to 6 in the order, Hicks 2nd) singled to make it 2-0. After Didi made out, Headley singled and Carter hit a 3-run HR (6) to make it 5-0.
Carter missed out on another HR in the game when Boston RF Mookie Betts made a great catch robbing Carter of a possible HR despite fan interference on the play. Carter probably would have been ruled out anyway due to the fan.
In the seventh, Gardner reached on an error, stole second and scored on a Holliday single. 6-0.
In the eighth, with one out, Gregorius singled and Headley walked. Carter singled in one run and Gardner another for 8-0, the final score.
Castro 2 hits.
Gregorius 2 hits, solo HR.
Headley 2 hits.
Carter 3 hits, HR, 4 RBI.
Sabathia (W, 7-2, 3.66) 8 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.38