CC threw another gem to lead the Yanks past the Angels, 3-2.
The big guy (7-3, 2.80) went 8 2/3 innings and gave up two runs — one earned — on eight hits with three strikeouts to one walk. He was absolutely filthy and probably could have went the distance if not for Jeter, more on that later. CC is now 4-1 in five starts after a loss this season, including three straight wins.
CC has pitched at least eight innings in four consecutive starts — all wins — and yielded just six earned runs over that span. In fact, he’s thrown 33 2/3 of a possible 36 innings in his last four outings. BEAST. Good God I hope he doesn’t opt out after the season.
Mo came in and worked a one-pitch save, his 15th of the campaign.
A-Rod belted a two-run homer and now has three long balls in 30 at-bats against Ervin Santana. He also tied Mel Ott for ninth place on the all-time RBI list with his 1,864th RBI. It was A-Rod’s 10th homer of the season and first since May 21 (48 at-bats).
Robbie had a solo homer in the fourth, it was his 12th dinger of the year. Torii Hunter gave a valiant effort to make the catch, but he’s still just a racist scumbag.
As for Jeter, he committed a costly error in the fourth that led to the Halos tying the game and grounded into a rally-killing double play in the fifth. Then, in the ninth, he showed his age on a ball hit up the middle that scored a run and saw CC depart. Jeet really owes CC a complete game. He did have a single which tied him with Sam Rice for 28th place on the all-time hits list with number 2,985, though.
Whatever, a win is a win.
In non-game news, Larry Rothschild said that if Hughes feels good over the next couple of days after today’s bullpen session the next stop will be extended spring training in Tampa. If all goes according to plan, Hughes is about a month away from a return to the Bronx. “He’s gonna go through another spring training basically,” Rothschild said.