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CC Sabathia, Carlos Zambrano give up five homers apiece

Aug 12, 2011, 9:52 PM EDT

CC Sabathia Reuters

With the 2011 scheduled nearly three-quarters completed, just one pitcher had given up five homers in a game, that being the long-since demoted Sean O’Sullivan of the Royals on May 28 against the Rangers.

On Friday night, it happened twice more to two of the game’s highest-paid pitchers.   The Yankees’ CC Sabathia gave up five solo homers — and no other runs — over eight innings in a loss to the Rays, and the Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano also surrendered five homers while allowing eight runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Braves.

After giving up back-to-back homers in the fifth, Zambrano was tossed for throwing at Chipper Jones.

Sabathia, a Cy Young contender trying to become the year’s second 17-game winner, surrendered homers to Casey Kotchman, Kelly Shoppach, Johnny Damon, Elliot Johnson and Evan Longoria.  He had never before allowed more than three homers in a start, and he had given up a total of eight homers in 25 starts this season.

Zambrano, who had turned in four straight quality starts, saw his ERA jump to 4.82 with the showing.  Dan Uggla, riding a 31-game hitting streak, took him deep twice.  Zambrano has allowed 19 homers in 145 2/3 innings this year, two more than he gave up in 299 innings between 2009 and ’10.

It was the first time either the Rays or the Braves had hit five homers in a game this season.

Sabathia became the first Yankees pitcher to give up five homers since David Wells on July 4, 2003 against the Red Sox.  Five Yankees pitchers had done it previously.

Zambrano, meanwhile, was the fourth Cubs pitcher to pull off the feat.  It was done previously by Ismael Valdez on June 11, 2000 against the White Sox.

  1. mississippimusicman - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Not only did Zambrano give up five homers, but one of them was to “Georgie” Constanza, who had only six homers in over 2,500 minor-league at-bats. When it looked like Quade was going to make Big Z wear this one to save his overtaxed bullpen, he decided to take out his temper and get tossed by throwing at Chipper Jones. Weak sauce. Weak, weak sauce.

  2. Lukehart80 - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Sabathia hadn’t given up more than one HR in a game all season. He hadn’t given up more than two as a Yankee and he hadn’t given up more than three in his career.

  3. yankeesgameday - Aug 12, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Well that sucked.

    • frankvzappa - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:15 PM

      pure awesomeness…i thought Mo going busto was great, but this may top it…looks like that excess 100 pounds is starting to get to CC…

  4. hittfamily - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Tonight wasn’t half Price, it was FULL PRICE!!! David Price shut down those bums. Sabathia got crushed. Look out AL, the Rays are on a terror. 5 games in a row. Down 10.5 games last week, the Rays currently sit at 7.5 back in the wild card. Hell Boy and Big Game James will close the door on the Yanks future tomorrow and Sunday. Price has the Rays 5th best ERA of the starters this year, and the Yanks only managed 1 run. Meanwhile, everyone but the batgirl took NeedS abathia deep 5 times. Oh my god, what is that smell? Yuk, did someone here not wash their socks? Wait, I figured it out. It smells like……Da Feet.

    With Desmond Jennings in the lineup, the Rays are scoring over a run a game more than without him. Sorry Yanks fans, he’ll be starting the next 2 days. The Rays will be 5.5 out come monday, and any good analyst will rank the Rays ahead of the Stanks in the Power Rankings. Cowbell up!!! Go Rays.

    • detroitfanatic - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:46 PM


      You are nuts for thinking the Rays still have a chance. However, I like your enthusiasm. Entertaining post.

      Needs a bathia. Love it. Thumbs up!!!

      • hittfamily - Aug 13, 2011 at 1:13 AM

        I might be nuts, but in my posting, I realized something: The Rays players have the best nicknames in the league.

        Full Price (David Price)
        Hell Boy (Jemermy Hellickson)
        The Zorilla (Ben Zobrist)
        Big Game James, Complete Game James(more recently) {James Shields}
        Steamin Niehmann ( Jeff Niehmann)
        The Phenom (Sam Fuld)
        Klutchmann (Casey Kotchmann)

        I’m not going to include Longo, cause that sucks. ARod, KRod, AGon (Ad Gonz), CC (Crawfod), Youk, Mo(Rivera)….those nicknames suck as well.

        The best, other than the Rays, who clearly dominate, are Big Papi (fat ass in Boston), the Freak (pot smoker in SanFran), The Natural (Rays bust turned best CF in baseball), Doc (cheesesteaker).

        Am I forgetting anyone?

    • indaburg - Aug 13, 2011 at 7:19 AM

      I’m a Rays fan too who was very pleased with last game’s also. Price’s good outing was much needed and Peralta striking out the side in the 9th was especially encouraging. However, I realize it will take miracle for the Rays to come close to the playoffs–a catastrophic collapse by either the Sox or Yanks coupled with the Rays playing at something like .700 ball (didn’t do the math-just a guesstimate). While I do appreciate the enthusiasm so rarely seen in my fellow fans, hittfamily, you might want to tone down the trash talking just a little until we actually accomplish something this year.

  5. TestSubjekt - Aug 13, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    I was reading elsewhere that Zambrano cleaned out his locker and was talking of retiring according to Mike Quade
    “I’m really disappointed,” Quade said. “His locker is empty. He walked out on 24 guys … I don’t know where he’s gone or what he’s doing.

    “He’s talking about retiring … but I can’t have a guy walking out on 24 guys.”

    • hittfamily - Aug 13, 2011 at 1:35 AM

      Thanks for contributing. You will likely end up with lots of thumbs down, because a headline here beat you to it by over an hour.. However, most people here thumbs down my posts because I think outside the bun, so that might offset it.

      TestSubjekt – Aug 13, 2011 at 12:28 AM

      Carlos Zambrano says he’s retired after giving up five homers Matthew Pouliot Aug 12, 2011, 11:21 PM EDT

      • marinersnate - Aug 13, 2011 at 2:49 AM

        “However, most people here thumbs down my posts because I think outside the bun,….”

        Well, it’s either that or the fact that you are simply annoying. One of the two.

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