CC Sabathia has his offense and the pen to thank for his 12th win of the season.
The veteran lefty was cruising along and had a 2-1 lead thanks to Alfonso Soriano’s 12th homer of August. In the 5th, the wheels came off. With one swing, the light hitting Danny Valencia sent one over the wall and put the Baltimore Orioles up 3-2. They’d tack on another to take a 4-2 lead.
In he past, a lead for Sabathia meant good things. But this year, not so much. But this isn’t the first half Yankees offense anymore. 4 straight extra base hits to open the inning, including a two-run shot by Ichiro Suzuki, gave them back the lead for good. The offensive outburst is nothing new of late, but to get it off notorious Yankee killer Miguel Gonzalez right after CC blew the lead, was huge.
Sabathia was sent back out for the 6th, but was pulled after allowing a 5th run.
Robinson Cano was back in the lineup after missing Wednesdays finale in Toronto with a left hand contusion. The lefty second baseman showed no ill-effects, going 2-3 with 2RBIs and 2 runs scored.
David Robertson and Mariano Rivera did what they do best, and the Yankees picked up a pivotal 8-5 win, to move within a .5 game of Baltimore in the wildcard hunt.
Adding to the good feelings, Cleveland fell to Detroit, pulling them even record wise with the Indians. It actually puts them ahead in the standings because the yanks owning the season series. Oakland and Tampa, who each hold a wild card spot, are facing off on this weekend. This means that the bombers ensure themselves of gaining on one of them with the win (in this case it was Tampa, as the A’s picked up the win and took over the top wildcard spot).
Ivan Nova gets the ball in game two, looking to continue his recent hot stretch. The 26-year-old hasn’t loss since late July. Scott Feldman toes the rubber for Baltimore.