New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia had somewhat of a bounce back start on Sunday afternoon in a 6-4 win against the Toronto Blue Jays after getting roughed up in his Opening Day start. The big lefty had six strikeouts and gave up four earned runs in six innings; however Sabathia’s performance was much better than what his numbers say.
After giving up a solo shot to Melky Cabrera in the first at bat of the bottom of the first inning, it seemed Sabathia was in for another rough day at the office after giving up six runs to the Houston Astros in his first appearance of the season. Conversely, Sabathia was able to settle down and go 4.2 scoreless innings before a series of unfortunate hits hampered his quality performance.
Sabathia retired 14-of-15 batters before Jose Bautista reached first on a bloop single between center and left. Edwin Encarnacion singled next, moving Bautista to just second. That is when Sabathia ran into a bit of bad luck. Dioner Navarro hit a liner down the third base side which hit off of Yangervis Solarte‘s glove and rolled into left field for a double scoring Bautista. Eric Kratz grounded one up the middle in the next at bat, and it just slipped under the glove of a diving Brian Roberts, who was playing to the left of second base in a shift, and two more runs scored.
Neither batted ball for an RBI was hit out of the infield and could have easily ended the inning. Instead, Sabathia was credited with four earned runs and did not come out for the seventh inning after he got Brett Lawrie to fly out to end the sixth. As the saying goes, that’s baseball. Sabathia did bounce back after giving up the three runs in the sixth to deliver a 92 MPH fastball to Lawrie, which is a rarity due to his recent weight loss.
Sabathia gave a solid performance and was able to pitch well enough to get his team a win against a divisional opponent. There is still some chemistry building between Sabathia and his new catcher Brian McCann, which I believe will take a little more time to nail down. For now, the Yankees should be pleased with the progress in Sabathia between his two starts. He is still the team’s ace and he reinforced his status in just his second start of the season.