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Yankees 2, Padres 7: Blame CC Sabathia

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Blame another loss on CC Sabathia because this is his third start in a row that he gave up at least five runs without getting through the sixth. You can put some of the blame on the umpires, because they didn't help much, but CC should still be able to get the job done and he hasn't all season.

Right from the first inning it wasn't his night. He gave up two hits and a walk, got squeezed and ended up walking Yonder Alonso to walk in a run. Another run scored from a ground ball off CC's body to make it 2–0. In the fourth inning he gave up a home run to Logan Forsythe, which was the 24th home run that Sabathia has allowed this season and is the most he's ever given up in any season. He then gave up a single when he failed to cover first (as usual) on a routine ground ball and Everth Cabrera made him pay with an RBI triple. In the sixth he gave up a walk, single, and then a two-run double to Chris Denorfia and was pulled from the game at pitch number 105. It amazes me how Joe Girardi is determined to make CC throw over 100 pitches, no matter how he looks on the mound. He finished his start with five runs on 11 hits, three walks, and four strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

The Yankees offense only managed to score two runs off Andrew Cashner and both came in the second inning, giving off the impression that this was going to be a good game. Ichiro Suzuki hit a bloop single to left field, stole second, and then scored on an Eduardo Nunez double. Chris Stewart and CC were both able to put the ball in play to score Nunez and give Sabathia an RBI.

The lineup suffered through some bad umpiring in the game too. Nunez was called out at first in the fourth inning, but he was clearly safe by about a step on the replay. In the fifth inning CC tried to bunt a runner to second, but the umpire called the runner out when it was determined the ball was dropped on the transfer. Meanwhile, the replay didn't show anything close to a transfer as ball popped out of Cabrera's glove right after he caught it. The play would have given the Yankees runners on first and second with only one out.

Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Lyle Overbay also collected hits and Stewart had an interesting night as he collected two hits, threw out Everth Cabrera trying to steal third in the second inning, and got Chase Headley out with a collision at the plate in the third. Jeter had a weird night in the field as he committed an error and probably should have been given a second after throwing the ball away from his intended mark for a second time.

Preston Claiborne came in and cleaned up CC's mess, issuing an intentional walk then striking out the next batter in only 0.1 innings, but after that the bullpen didn't really do their job. Joba Chamberlain and Adam Warren each gave up a home run in their respective innings, digging the offense into an even bigger ditch. It's not like they had a chance by this point, but it definitely didn't help.

The Yankees failed to gain a game on the Red Sox after they lost to the Diamondbacks and CC Sabathia drops to below .500 for the 2013 season. Save us, Ivan Nova!

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