Things are getting really ugly for CC Sabathia. After the big left-hander was knocked around by the Red Sox on Sunday, he gave up seven runs over five innings last night in a 10-6 loss to the Rays.
Sabathia began the outing with a 1-2-3 first inning, but he allowed six runs on six hits and a walk in the second inning. While he settled down from there, it was too big of a hole to climb for the Yankees offense.
Sabathia has now allowed 22 runs (17 earned) in 14 innings over his last three starts, increasing his ERA from 3.99 to 4.65 in the process. Only eight qualified pitchers in the AL have a higher ERA this season. The returns of Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson will be moot for the Yankees if Sabathia can’t return to form.
By the way, with the win over the Yankees, the Rays hopped over the Red Sox for first place in the American League East. They have won 16 out of their last 18 games.
Your Friday box scores:
Red Sox 0, Orioles 6
Pirates 0, Marlins 2
Rangers 8, Indians 11 (11 innings)
Cardinals 1, Braves 4
Astros 6, Blue Jays 12
Phillies 1, Tigers 2
Mets 11, Nationals 0; Mets 1, Nationals 2
Royals 5, White Sox 1
Brewers 3, Rockies 8
Angels 4, Athletics 6
Padres 0, Diamondbacks 10
Reds 1, Dodgers 2
Cubs 3, Giants 2
Twins 3, Mariners 2 (13 innings)
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: