CC Sabathia delivered a 8.2 inning, two-run gem that paced the Bombers to a 3-2 victory. Sabathia was an out away from his second complete game in three starts, but handed the ball off to Mariano who got Erick Aybar to popup on his very first pitch to end the game. With the win, the Yankees move to 32-24 on the season.

A Great Combo

Recap

CC’s ability to pitch deep into games has been a blessing for the Bombers. Sabathia has went at least eight innings in his last four starts (all victories). Since April 23rd, Sabathia is 7-2 (7-3 overall). ¬†Offensively for the Yanks, Robinson Cano drew first blood in the fourth inning, hitting a solo homer (his 12th) off of Angels starter, Ervin Santana. The Halos would respond in the bottom of the frame as Jeff Mathis hit a sac fly, scoring Alberto Callaspo. Derek Jeter made a key error that inning that allowed the Angels to score. Alex Rodriguez put the Yankees in the lead for good in the sixth inning, blasting a two-run home run (his 10th).

A Maicer Izturis two-out RBI single chased Sabathia in the ninth inning, but having Mariano backing you up is never a bad thing. Rivera got my favorite player, Erick Aybar to pop up to short on the very first pitch to end the game. Rivera recorded his 15th save in 18 chances.

Key Stats

2,985: Jeter went 1 for 3 today, putting him 15 hits shy of 3,000.

1,864: After his two-run homer, A-Rod now has 1,864 career RBIs, tying him with Mel Ott for ninth place on the all-time list.

1,003: Tonight marked Mariano’s 1,003 career appearance, which pushed him past Goose Gossage for 14th place on the all-time list.

What’s Next?

Big Bartolo makes his return to Anaheim for the rubber game of this three-game set and West Coast finale for the Yanks.

3:35 PM: Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.26 ERA) vs. Joel Pineiro (2-2, 3.52 ERA)