So... Trade CC, right?
Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira returned to the Yankee lineup tonight, but the big story in this one was CC Sabathia. Carsten Charles was outstanding tonight in 7.1 innings of work, giving up six hits and striking out ten. The only real damage done off Sabathia was in his final inning, where doubles from Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli drove in the Red Sox only run tonight.
Offensively, it was a much better showing, and certainly an improvement over this past week where they made Dillon Gee look like Tom Seaver. Mark Teixeira started off the top of the second with a walk in his first AB of the season and proceeded to huff and puff his way to third on a double by Vernon Wells (who showed multiple signs of breaking out tonight). Renowned Baseball Player Jayson Nix knocked in Teixeira with a single to left and Ichiro Suzuki drove in the Yankees second run two batters later.
Kevin Youkilis got into the action with an RBI single in the fifth, and then in the seventh a single by Ichiro and a swinging bunt single by Chris Stewart knocked Jon Lester out of the game. Jon Lester's final line was 6.1 innings pitched, 4 runs 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. Interesting how the offense looks lost against the likes of Jonathon Niese and Dillon Gee, but then actually looks like a good major league offense against one of the better pitchers in the game. "Well you can't predict baseball, Suzyn". Brett Gardner knocked in the Yankees fourth run off of reliever Andrew Miller before Cano struck out to end the threat.
A few game notes:
- Joe Girardi was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing a force call at second base. Replays showed that the ump actually made the right call, but I still would have liked to see Joe throw something..... This was the second time a Yankee has been ejected this season. First time during the regular season, but those who remember back to March will recall Chris Stewart getting thrown out of a spring training game. I would say that it's a shame he couldn't have done the same tonight, but then I remember who the other catcher on the roster is.
- Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira made their long anticipated returns tonight. Neither put up huge games, but it's nice to see them back all the same. Expect Youkilis to start at third base tomorrow.
- David Adams has quietly fallen into a bit of a slump the last few games after a hot start to his big league career. Since he went 2-5 on May 24th, he's just 3-23 since and he still hasn't drawn a walk this season.
As the incredibly wise Michael Kay was so kind to tell us after it ended, the Yankees needed this one. No other way to put it. They've lost five games in a row, and four to a team that might actually lose 100 games this year. CC Sabathia pitched like an ace, and the offense as a whole showed signs of life with much better at bats than we've seen in the last few weeks.