For the better part of this game, the Yankees' offense was asleep at the plate. It looked like the team was going to waste what was arguably CC Sabathia's best start in years without even getting a hit, but the offense finally came to life in the ninth inning when they were down to their final out and rallied in a dramatic fashion to get the win.
Tonight marked Sabathia's second start since coming off of the disabled list and he pitched a gem. Through six and two-thirds innings, he notched six strikeouts, gave up just three hits, walked two batters, and didn't allow a single run to score. The last time Sabathia had an outing where he gave up zero earned runs was all the way back in April 2013 against the Tigers. He only got into trouble once tonight, in the second inning when he gave up back to back singles and walked a batter to load the bases. Sabathia was able to get out of the jam by inducing a grounder and a fly ball.
For the first seven innings, the Yankees couldn't get anything going against Erasmo Ramirez. Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner were both able to work a walk, but otherwise the lineup went hitless until the eighth inning. Carlos Beltran led off the eighth inning with a single to right that took a weird hop near the first baseman, and the Yankees sent Rico Noel out as a pinch-runner, but nothing came of it.
It looked like the game might even go into extra innings tied at zero until Logan Forsythe hit an RBI double off the wall against Justin Wilson. Down 1-0 in the ninth inning, Dustin Ackley singled to center, but Jacoby Ellsbury grounded into a double play. Gardner drew a walk, then A-Rod doubled to right center to score the run and tie up the game. Then Brian McCann was intentionally walked to bring Slade Heathcott to the plate. Heathcott jumped on the first pitch thrown by Brad Boxberger and homered to left field giving the Yankees a 4-1 lead. Andrew Miller struck out the side to give the Yankees the win.
Adam Warren will make his first start since rejoining the rotation tomorrow night, going up against Jake Odorizzi at 7:10 EST.