CC Sabathia allowed the first five runners to reach base tonight and the Orioles never looked back. The New York Yankees could not recover and the Baltimore Orioles won 6-2. With the loss and the Tampa Bay win, the Yankee lead in the AL East has shrunk to 1.5 games.

Lance Berkman avoids the tag - AP

Initial Reaction:

CC Sabathia and Jake Arrieta obviously must have switched roles for tonight’s game. Sabathia had his strikes at about the percentage that works for him best (65%), but the problem with that stat is that hit balls are counted as strikes. The Oriole offense pelted him with timely singles and extra-base hits from which the Yankee offense had no response.

CC Sabathia’s final line: 6.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 K, 1 BB

Positives From The Game:

In an effort to find a positive from tonight’s game, how about Lance Berkman’s offense since he returned from the DL? He is batting .500 (8/16) since returning on September 1st following his 3-4 performance this evening.

Negatives From The Game:

Where to Start?: CC loaded the bases with no outs in the first and gave up three runs. The Yankee offense never really caught up to what the O’s gave the Yanks early and often, so the game was a lost cause from the beginning.

And the O: The offense really wasn’t too terrible tonight. They didn’t strike out often against Arrieta (only once), and they managed eight hits, at least one from each of the first four hitters. However, the hits were not able to be put together to provide any run support for the struggling Sabathia.

Interesting Facts:

CC hasn’t allowed six runs since May 23rd against our New York Mets.

This is the first time Sabathia didn’t pick up a win since August 1st. I still think he’s the front runner for AL Cy Young, but tonight’s game definitely evens the playing field.

For another bad CC stat, this is his first decision in 19 at home in which he did not at least get a no decision.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees look to avoid the sweep to the Orioles tomorrow at 1:05. The game can be seen on YES. I’m not going to call this game a must win, but they must take care of lesser opponents before taking on the Rays and Red Sox.

Projected Starters:

Brad Bergesen (6-10, 5.47 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.89 ERA)