CLEVELAND — For 4 innings on Wednesday night time, CC Sabathia was as dominant as he ever has been and made Joe Girardi’s choice to go together with the veteran over Sonny Grey for the most important recreation of the season look sensible.
Within the Yankees’ collection-clinching 5-2 victory over Cleveland, the 37-yr-previous appeared just like the pitcher who dominated the Orioles twice within the 2012 ALDS, his final postseason victories earlier than Wednesday.
He retired the primary 9 batters he confronted, hanging out six, earlier than Francisco Lindor singled to steer off the fourth.
Sabathia had no hassle getting out of that inning, putting out two extra after which fanning Carlos Santana to open the fifth with the Yankees main three-zero.
However as has typically been the case with massive lefty this season, he unraveled shortly. After the strikeout of Santana, Sabathia allowed 4 straight hits.
Austin Jackson began it and went to 3rd on a Jay Bruce single to proper. Roberto Perez’s single to proper scored Jackson, and Giovanny Urshela adopted by grounding one by means of the correct aspect of the infield to knock in Bruce and make it three-2.
And identical to that, Sabathia’s outing was over after simply four ¹/₃ innings and sixty nine pitches.
His 9 strikeouts matched a season-excessive, however they didn’t do him a lot good within the fifth. He left with runners on first and second.
Robertson, although, made fast work of Lindor, getting him to floor into an inning-ending double play.
Robertson’s 2 ²/₃-inning efficiency helped make up for Sabathia’s sudden hassle.
Beforehand, Girardi famous the excessive expectations he had of Sabathia.