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Dominant Sabathia, Yankees wreck Indians 9-2

These guys have a combined 50 home runs halfway through the season. Ew.
These guys have a combined 50 home runs halfway through the season. Ew.

The Yankees didn't necessarily need a win tonight, but they certainly received exactly what they wanted out of their ace as well as their offense. CC Sabathia gave New York seven innings of fantastic pitching and the offense gave Sabathia more run support than he's used to this season en route to a 9-2 thrashing of the Indians

The Yankees are now 51-33, and remain two games ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the loss column in the American League East.

What's become more important than the actual game is Derek Jeter's relentless quest for hit number 3,000. After going zero for four last night, Jeter tallied two hits today to bring his career total to 2,996. His first hit was a standard infield single and his second was a two-run double deep to center. 

The scoring opened against Carlos Carrasco in the second inning when Francisco Cervelli grounded into a bases loaded fielder's choice that pushed across one run. Derek Jeter came up and roped a two-run double over Grady Sizemore's head in center field to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Curtis Granderson proceeded to hit home run number 24 on the season to drive in Jeter and put the Bombers up 5-0. Robinson Cano made the first and third outs of the inning. 

Granderson would golf another pitch into the right-center field seats to lead off the fourth inning to extend the lead to 6-0 and his home run total on the year to 25. I guess that trade back in December of 2009 to acquire him wasn't that bad, eh?

While the offense was exploding, Sabathia was absolutely dealing. In the third, fifth and seventh innings, Sabathia worked around various hits and walks to strike out the side. THREE times. He also had three 1-2-3 innings tonight. His final line: seven innings, five hits, two walks, and 11 strikeouts. He's now had 24 strikeouts in his last two starts. 

In the eighth, Robinson Cano smoked an RBI double off the center field wall, Nick Swisher had an RBI single to right field, and Jorge Posada hit a sacrifice-fly to finish off the scoring for New York.

The only Yankee tonight without a hit was Francisco Cervelli. Every other Yankee in the lineup had a multi-hit night. That'd be 17 hits and three walks total. 

I'd be remiss not to mention that Lance Pendleton pitched the last two innings of the game and blew the shutout in the ninth inning, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks. Lou Marson and Michael Brantley had the sacrifice-flies for Cleveland. It's a commodity to have so many mop-up men to choose from to finish off the bi-weekly annihilation. 

Comment of the game: MattF15's beautiful map

Play of the game: Jeter's two-run double