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CC Sabathia turns in strong effort as Yankees snap five-game losing streak

Jun 1, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

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After the Yankees lost five in a row — including four at the hands of the crosstown Mets — they turned to ace CC Sabathia last night to stop the bleeding. He was up to the task.

Sabathia allowed just one run over 7 1/3 innings and matched a season-high with 10 strikeouts as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox 4-1 at Yankee Stadium. The big left-hander scattered six hits and didn’t walk a batter in the victory. The only run scored on an RBI double by Mike Napoli in the seventh inning.

The Yankees’ offense against Jon Lester was supplied by RBI singles from Jayson Nix, Ichiro Suzuki, the returning Kevin Youkilis, and Brett Gardner. And after going three games without a walk against the Mets, they drew four of them last night. Mark Teixeira went 0-for-3 with a walk in his season debut.

It was an encouraging performance from Sabathia, who was knocked around for a season-high seven runs last time out. While much has been made about his velocity, he threw harder last night than he had all season, topping out at just over 94 mph on his fastball.

(Hat-tip to the excellent Brooks Baseball for the velocity data)

  1. cackalackyank - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Nice to see C.C. turn in a strong outing. In general the heating up of the weather should lead to CC heating up. The loss of velocity is not that surprsing, since he is not a “kid” anymore. The question is can he consistently “pitch” going forward, rather than waiting to blow guys away with a 96 or 97 mph pitch that isn’t there anymore. If last night is any indicator he should be good to go.

  2. aceshigh11 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Leave it to the Red Sox to allow CheeseCake the opportunity to rehabilitate himself.


    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      who is cheese cake? Your wife?

  3. pisano - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    That effort last night was long overdue, I had honestly thought he could no longer be recognized as an ace or a stopper, but last night he looked great again, a couple of times he hit 93 to 94 on the gun, so that was encouraging. Pitching has not been the Yankees problem, as a matter of fact it’s going to be a strength for them, they have a few young arms that could start on most teams. This should be a fun series to watch this weekend, Boston and the Yankees always make it interesting.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      I agree it was overdue, my friend. I’d like to see a few more before I go out on a limb and say he’s back though. But it was a welcome sight for sore eyes. Also, even though Youkilis and Tex didn’t contribute much offensively I still think them being in the line up last night supplied everyone else with a lift. Lets hope the Yankees get another win tonight.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        He started and ended the losing streak- how weird. Yes, it was overdue.

  4. cadillacjosh - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    i always felt like CC never got props for being one of the best in baseball. It’s sort of strange, considering he’s a Yankee, but he never really got mentioned next to Holliday or Lee of Felix, etc.

    But it’d be hard to take a pitcher over him for the past 10 years, a guy that’ll always give you 20+ starts and will pitch very well.

  5. sbmcintosh36 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    This article can’t be true I heard for a week this CC guy was washed up. .. guess couple bad outings isn’t the end of your career! !!

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