On Monday afternoon, the Yankees fell to the Washington Nationals in Viera, Florida by a score of 3-2. It was another day of disappointment for CC Sabathia as he continued to struggle with his lack of velocity. Sabathia gave up three runs on four hits over three innings. He walked two batters and struck out three. For CC, the issue of the day was velocity. His fastball was around 86-87 miles per hour all day, with a high of 89, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
The Nationals started off the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when catcher Wilson Ramos hit a RBI groundout to score second baseman Anthony Rendon to take a 1-0 lead. In the following inning, the Nationals put the first two runners on first and third with 0 outs. Sabathia would strike out the next two hitters, but could not get out of the jam unscathed. With two outs, Rendon hit a two-run double to left field that scored Danny Espinosa and Tyler Moore to make the score 3-0.
For the Yankees’ offense, they were dominated for most of the afternoon by Nationals’ starter Jordan Zimmermann. Against a lineup that featured Brian McCann, Mark Teixeira, and Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner in the outfield, Zimmermann threw four perfect innings while striking out four batters.
The Yankees did get on the board in the top of the fifth inning. It was a two-out rally that started with a triple to right field by starting third baseman Eduardo Nunez off of Nats’ reliever Drew Storen. It culminated with a RBI single to right field by Dean Anna to cut the lead to 3-1. In the following inning, Brett Gardner hit a sacrifice fly to the track in center field that scored Zoilo Almonte to make it 3-2.
The Bronx Bombers will be back home at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers. It will be a 1:05 ET first pitch on YES and the MLB Network. It will be a re-match of Friday night’s game as Hiroki Kuroda will match up once again with Anibal Sanchez. We will see if Kuroda can pick up where he left off after his five strikeout performance that night.