CC Sabathia said before his start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday that he wasn't panicking about his recent performances as much as everybody as has been lately. I have reason to believe that might not be the case following the outing.
Even though Sabathia went home with a no-decision, he still didn't look very good at all in his first start in Milwaukee since the 2008 playoffs, giving up four runs, three of them on homerun, in 5.1 innings. The guy that did take the loss, though, was Alfredo Aceves, who gave up a 7th inning run, as the Yankees fell to the Brewers, 5-4.
Sabathia and the Yankees were put into a 1-0 hole quickly -- very quickly -- in the 1st inning when Carlos Gomez took CC deep to left pitch to lead off the bottom of the 1st inning.
Sabathia settled down for a easier 2nd inning, and was able to take the mound in the 3rd with a one-run lead after the offense tagged Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse for a pair of runs.
After Sabathia grounded into a double play, Jacoby Ellsbury reached first base on catcher's interference, Brett Gardner tripled to score Ellsbury all the way from first, and then Carlos Beltran singled to bring home Gardner for the second run of the inning.
However, the Yankees' only lead of the game wouldn't last very long since the Brewers would put together a big two-out rally in the bottom half o the 3rd that all started with an error on a routine groundball by Brendan Ryan, who is suppose to be the defensive specialist of the team
After the error, Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run homerun to put the Crew up 3-2, then Aramis Ramirez made it back-to-back long balls with a solo blast to deep left field, extending their lead to 4-2.
Mark Teixeira pulled the Yankees within a run in the 6th inning with an opposite field homerun to open the frame. Batting left-handed, Teixeira sent the shot off the top of the left field wall, bouncing over for his 6th dinger of the season. Teixeira sure does look healthy at the plate, and the right wrist doesn't seem to be bother him at all, which is great news for him and the Yanks.
Sabathia, after the 30-pitch 3rd inning, pitched into the 6th, but didn't get very far. He left after loading the bases with one out, finishing with four runs (only one earned because of the Ryan error) on eight hits, while walking one and striking out four. He gave the ball to Dellin Betances, who promtly struck out the only two batters he faced to end the inning.
Still down by a run, the Yankees evened the score in the 7th inning on an RBI single by Alfonso Soriano, who was pinch-hitting for Gardner. to score Kelly Johnson, who opened the inning with a pinch-hit walk, then moved to second on a pinch-hit single by Ichiro. Basically, Joe Girardi was making all of the right moves that inning.
But, again, the score didn't last very long for the Bombers. Lucroy hit a one-out double off Aceves, then eventually balked with two-outs to move Lucroy over to third base. Then Rickie Weeks singled on a bloop hit right field to put the Brewers up 5-4.
Facing the lights-out Francisco Rodriguez in the 9th inning, Johnson and Brian Roberts both hit a pair of Yankee Stadium homeruns, flying out to deep right field, as the Yanks went down 1-2-3 in the inning to end the game.
The Bombers will look to win the series on Sunday when the give the ball to David Phelps against a familiar face in Matt Garza. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 pm ET.