The Yankees' offense and CC Sabathia both looked fairly lackluster tonight, and it showed as they lost the game and series to the Blue Jays. Losing two out of three snaps New York's streak of five consecutive series wins after getting off to a fairly terrible start. Sabathia's four runs over 6.1 innings raised his season ERA to 5.45. CC still hasn't managed to win a game since before going on the disabled list in May of 2014.
Chris Young got the Yankees on the board first by scoring on a Mark Teixeira groundout in the first inning. Unfortunately, that was the only run the Yankees could muster all game. There were a couple opportunities for them to break through, including Teixeira getting a chance with the bases loaded, but nothing came of it. On the positive side, Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to nine games, Alex Rodriguez doubled and worked a walk, and the newly-activated Jose Pirela had two hits in his 2015 debut.
Sabathia allowed nine hits and two walks before giving way to the bullpen having given up four runs. Esmil Rogers couldn't hold the score there when his runner scored after Chasen Shreve entered the game and allowed an RBI triple. None of it mattered in the end, however, because the Yankees' offense failed to put together even a slightly believable rally. Sabathia may not be as bad as his numbers suggest, but he isn't very good. There's really nothing that can be done with him at this point, other than hoping that he turns it around. The team might just be stuck with a not-great innings eater at the back of their rotation who happens to be making quite a bit of money.
The series winning streak was bound to end at some point, but it's no less disappointing that it had to be now. New York heads into a four-game weekend series against the Orioles with a narrow lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. Hopefully they can start a new series winning streak immediately. Nathan Eovaldi gets the start tomorrow against Chris Tillman at 7:05 pm.