LHP CC Sabathia was stellar through four innings before wavering in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 5-2 ALDS-clinching victory over the Indians on Wednesday night in Cleveland.
Sabathia didn't allow his first base runner until Franciso Lindor's leadoff single in the fourth inning as he struck out eight of the first 13 batters he faced.
"Again, that's CC," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters after the game. "That's who he is. That's been who he's been his whole life: The guy you can count on. And he did it again tonight. This is a very good offense. Everyone wants to talk about their pitching and we were able to hold them in check for the most part.''
In the fifth inning, Sabathia struck out Carlos Santana before allowing four consecutive singles as the Indians trimmed the lead to 3-2. He was then relieved by David Robertson, who induced an inning-ending double play to close the book on Sabathia.
Sabathia's Game 5 performance followed his solid start in Game 2, when he allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits while walking three and striking out five in 5 1/3 innings.