Taking the mound in the a win-or-go-home Game 4 against the Red Sox, Yankees LHP CC Sabathia may have toed the rubber for the last time in pinstripes. And, if that's the case, this definitely isn't the way he wanted to go out.
It was an eventful first inning for the big lefty, as he saw a bases-loaded scenario with two outs and Ian Kinsler at the plate. He avoided a first-inning surge, though, as Kinsler flew out to Brett Gardner in left field.
After a quiet second inning, the Red Sox offense turned it up a notch, and Sabathia couldn't handle it. Andrew Benintendi was hit by Sabathia's first pitch of the inning, and Steve Pearce moved him over to third with a single. Then, the regular-season RBI king in J.D. Martinez hit a long sacrifice fly to center field to score the first run of the ballgame.
And it didn't end there. With two outs, Kinsler didn't fly out to Gardner, but instead roped an RBI double over his head for a 2-0 lead. Then, Eduardo Nunez singled on the first pitch he saw to bring home Kinsler.
Despite this being an elimination game, manager Aaron Boone allowed Sabathia to work through the trouble he got himself into. David Robertson was the first bullpen arm to warm up, but it wasn't right as Sabathia began to struggle in the inning.
Either way, the 38-year-old's night ends after three innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out one and walking two.
Sabathia recently said he will return to the mound in 2019, but it isn't necessarily with the Yankees. He signed a one-year, $10 million deal with New York this past offseason.
"I definitely want to play next year," he said before Game 3 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium. "I'll play anywhere, whoever needs me.''