Sabathia’s Rough Inning Leads To Loss For Yankees


May 4, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) sits in the dug out after giving up five runs and leaving the game in the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

We talked about it throughout the off-season ad it’s even more important now. If the Yankees are going to do anything this year, CC Sabathia has to be good. Especially with Ivan Nova out for the year and Michael Pineda being injured and a knucklehead it’s even more true. CC has had innings where he melted down and that held true today as the Yankees lost to Tampa 5-1.

Logan Forsythe led off with a double and was bunted over to third. Two batters later, Evan Longria hit a ground-rule double to make it 1-0. The Yanks would tie it off Erik Bedard in the bottom of the second. Mark Teixeira singled and Alfonso Soriano doubled. Yangervis Solarte drove in Teixeira with a sac fly.

The big blow came in the third. With one out, Desmond Jennings doubled and Evan Longoria walked. Wil Myers would then hit a three run inside the park homer as the ball bounced of the wall as Jacoby Ellsbury tried to get it and it rolled around the warning track. Myers would double in another run in the top of the fourth.

The big story of the game was the return of the vulture, Alfredo Aceves. Aceves came in in the fourth and pitched 5.2 innings of shutout relief, giving up three hits and striking out five.

The Yankees will head west to take on the Angels at 10:05 ET tomorrow night. David Phelps will get the start against Jered Weaver.