Sabathia has a strong outing as Yankees beat Rangers 7-4 for 4th straight win
Coming into the Ballpark of Arlington, the Yankees knew that they needed something from CC Sabathia; a good strong outing. CC was able to get through 8 innings as the Yankees took Game 1 of the 3 game set, 7-4 over the red-hot Texas Rangers.
SABATHIA GOES STRONG: The Yankees needed length from CC Sabathia to rest the tired bullpen and sure enough, Sabathia did what Girardi needed. Sabathia went 8 innings, giving up 4 runs. There were times where Sabathia ran into trouble, thus getting the bullpen up but he was able to get out of it without having to get taken out of the game. It seems CC like the hot weather, huh?
JETER SWINGS A HOT BAT: It seems that Derek Jeter’s hot streak continues to follow him, this time all the way down to Texas. Jeter was 4 for 5 in tonight’s game and continues to have a near .400 average. Jeter, whatever you are doing, please don’t stop. It’s working.
A-BOMB’S AWAY!: Alex Rodriguez put on quite a show with his HR in tonight’s game. Rodriguez hit a 3 run jack which at the time gave the Yankees a 6-1 lead. A-Rod also had 2 walks today, so it wasn’t a bad day for him at all…well, aside from the boos that we heard in the stadium.
CHRIS STEWART…SABATHIA’S PERSONAL CATCHER?: Chris Stewart had the start tonight and was put behind the plate to catch CC Sabathia. This was Chris Stewart’s second consecutive start with CC Sabathia on the mound. This seems to be working for CC so far. CC has 2 wins with Chris behind the plate, and as long as Stewart is here, Sabathia might want to use him more often.
ANDRUW JONES GOES HITLESS: Today was Andruw Jones’s 35th birthday, but unfortunately he couldn’t get anything going. He was 0 for 4 tonight and continues to swing a cold bat. He did do a decent job fielding LF with the sun shining on him, so I’ll give him credit for that.
MARIANO GETS 1, 2, 3: Mariano Rivera came in the game in the 9th inning to shut the door, and sure enough Mariano did. Rivera had some trouble with his cutters though, two of them being hit really hard (one of them to the warning track.) Of course, Mo didn’t let that bother him and he got the outs when needed. That is the sign of a true closer. Battling when he doesn’t have his pitches in tact.
WHAT’S NEXT: A pitching match-up that has been anticipated since Sunday will finally get it’s chance tomorrow night. Hiroki Kuroda will go for the Yankees vs. a pitcher that the Yankees have never seen before…Yu Darvish. First pitch for that game is at 8:05pm on YES & MLB Network.
Posted on April 24, 2012, in Game Reviews and tagged Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones, CC Sabathia, Chris Stewart, Derek Jeter, hiroki kuroda, Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.