With offensive support from Robinson Cano and Lyle Overbay, CC Sabathia earned his 200th win as the New York Yankees topped the Minnesota Twins 3-2 Wednesday night.
With the Yankees trailing 2-0 in the sixth, Cano smacked a two-run double, scoring Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki to tie it up. Cano later scored on a sacrifice fly by Overbay to give the Yankees the lead.
For Sabathia, it was a typical outing, finding a way to put it all together and keep the Yankees in the game.
“I feel like all of them I’ve had to battle for. Early I felt like all of them were like this. Kind of all over the place, a couple of walks, runners on base, just battling to get outs. I think that’s just me.”
Sabathia didn’t allow the milestone to effect his performance. Manager Joe Girardi has come to expect that from his ace.
He’s been huge,” Girardi explained. “You think about all of the wins he has had, and I’m glad to get that one out of the way. I don’t like milestones. Players are going to think about it, and people are going to ask him about it. For CC, I think it’s great. He’s been huge for this organization.”
For Cano, it was just a continuation of the demolition he has done to Minnesota pitchers in the series. Twins manager, Ron Gardenhire, sought to entice Cano to chase low pitches to get him out.
“He’s a great hitter,” Gardenhire explained. “You’re trying to figure out different ways. The bottom line is you want him to chase. If you get pitches up in the zone, he kills it, and he did it again tonight.”
Sabathia joins an exclusive list of pitchers who have won their 200th game before the age of 33. Some of the other pitchers on the list include Don Drysdale, Catfish Hunter, Ferguson Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Juan Marichal, Jim Palmer and Tom Seaver.
The win moves Sabathia’s record for this season to 9-6. He struck out nine and walked three. His ERA dropped to 4.06. As the weather gets hot, so does CC.