The billing of the second CC Sabathia-David Price showdown did not live up to its hype. In duo’s first face off, each lefty threw eight shutout, dominant innings. Tonight however, Sabathia gave way to seven earned Tampa Bay runs while Price danced out of trouble in most innings, allowing only three runs. The Yankee bullpen didn’t do Sabathia any favors. Javier Vazquez and especially Joba Chamberlain were dreadful as they allowed six Ray runs (three earned). When the dust settled, the Rays took the final game of this four-game set, 10-3 and own the tie-breaker over the Yankees, a 10-8 season series win. The Yankees are still ahead of the Rays by a half game in the standings.
Without giving you all a full re-cap, here are just the key stats from the game:
With the Yankees holding a 3-1 advantage heading into the Top of 5th, CC Sabathia and Joba Chamberlain allowed the Rays to put up seven runs on six hits. Sabathia uncharacteristically walked in a run. Overall, Sabathia gave up ten hits and three walks, his second highest total of base runners on the season.
After going 11-0 at home, Sabathia has dropped his last two home starts. His ERA: 9.26.
Joba and Javy: Extremely poor performances tonight. Joba really allowed the game to get out of hand, yielding four runs in the sixth inning. Javy wasn’t much better in the seventh inning. After walking the leadoff hitter, Vazquez hit three straight hitters by pitches, forcing in a run. Gulp.
LOB: Collectively, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano left 11 runners on base tonight. Cano had a key spot in the bottom of the fifth inning with the bases loaded to deliver and he just didn’t. There was only one out and Cano’s pop out to the shortstop was one of the worst outcomes possible in that situation.
Marcus Thames crushed a third-inning fastball from David Price over the left field fence. The Yankees can send out an absolutely dominant lineup against lefty pitching. Watch out.
The Yankees Magic Number is still three games with nine games to go. The Red Sox come in tomorrow to start the final set of regular season games at Yankee Stadium.
Friday, 7:05 PM, YES: Josh Beckett (5-5, 5.71 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (11-2, 2.81 ERA)