In his final start in Yankee Stadium, CC Sabthia took the mound against Dillion Peters. After scoring eight runs in Tuesday night’s game, the Yankees’ only offense on Wednesday was provided by Aaron Judge. The Bombers just couldn’t crack the Angels’ pitching as they dropped game two of the series by a final score of 3-2.
Sabathia got himself into some trouble in the third. He struck out the first batter he faced in the inning, but then a single and a walk to the next two batters led to an Albert Pujols RBI single, putting the Angels on the board first. Giancarlo Stanton came up firing, and it looked like he nailed the runner at home, but Kyle Higashioka couldn't field the ball cleanly, leading to the run. Kole Calhon walked after that, and with the bases loaded, Kevan Smith singled on a line drive to center, making it 2-0 Halos.
Domingo German came on in relief to finish off the inning, and that could have been the last time CC steps off the mound at Yankee Stadium. The crowd gave him a great standing ovation, while he was greeted by teammates.
Sabathia’s final line was 2.2 innings, five hits, two earned runs, two walks, and five strikeouts.
The Yankees weren’t down for long though. DJ LeMahieu started the bottom of the third with a walk. Then Aaron Judge lasered one into the right-field seats to tie the game at two. It was his 24th long ball of the year and is batting over .300 over his last 28 games.
"All Rise! Here comes the Judge!" pic.twitter.com/DobzOszrti— John Sterling Calls (@JSterlingCalls) September 19, 2019
Dillion Peters was done after four innings for LA. He surrendered five hits, two runs, and recorded two strike outs.
Adam Ottavino was called upon to replace Domingo German in the sixth. German threw 2.1 shutout innings giving up just one hit.
Ottavino loaded the bases after some defensive miscues, and made matters worse himself. Pujols chopped one back to the mound, and Ottavino airmailed the throw home and allowed Michael Hermosillo to score from third. Tommy Kahnle came in after Otto’s error and was able to wiggle out of the jam unscathed.
In his debut, Stanton went 1-3 with a rocket double off that one-hopped the center field wall. Both balls he put in play were 100+ mph off the bat. He looked good for someone who hasn’t played a major league game since June 25.
Nothing much happened after the Angels scored sixth. LA relievers retired 17 Yankees in a row at one point. New York lost by a final score of 3-2.
The Yankees are still stuck at 99 wins for the season. They will look for the century mark tomorrow night when Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound against Andrew Heaney.