If the New York Yankees are going to get back into this race and really make some noise, CC Sabathia is going to have to be the Sabathia of old and not the way he’s been pitching over his last four starts. He has a 10.07 ERA in those starts and opponents are hitting .398 against him. Those totals are after last night’s loss in San Diego, as the Yanks fell to the Padres 7-2.
The Padres got started right away in the bottom of the first. Everth Cabrera and Chris Denorfia singled. A groundout by Chase Headley erased Denofia, Headley reached. Jesus Guzman walked to load the bases. Yonder Alonso walked to bring home a run. Jedd Gyorko‘s groundout brought home another.
The Yankees’ lone runs came in the top of the second. Ichiro Suzuki led off with a single and stole second. Eduardo Nunez brought him home with a double. Chris Stewart‘s groundout moved Nunez to third and he would score on Sabathia’s groundout.
The wheels started to come off in the fourth. With one out, Logan Forsythe hit his fourth homer of the year. After an out, Padre starter Andrew Cashner reached on a ground ball to first when Sabathia failed to cover. Cabrera brought home Cashner with a triple to make it 4-2. The Pads made it 5-2 when Denorfia brought home Nick Hundley on a single in the fifth.
YGY Player Of The Game: Cabrera
Notes: To make room for Curtis Granderson, Melky Mesa was sent to AAA and Thomas Neal was designated for assignment. Alex Rodriguez crushed a home run in AA Trenton. The plan is for him to come back Monday night in Chicago.