CC Sabathia tossed seven scoreless innings as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 7-0, Wednesday at Camden Yards >> Read more at SNY.tv
- Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Brian McCann's run-scoring single later in the inning extended their lead to 2-0, and an error by the Orioles on Starlin Castro's grounder made it 3-0 Yankees.
- The Yankees added three more runs in the eighth inning on McCann's two-run double and an RBI single by Didi Gregorius.
- Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.
- Sabathia allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out six during his seven-innings
- Dellin Betances and Chasen Shreve combined to pitch 1 2/3 perfect innings in relief.
- Brett Gardner was hit in the elbow with a pitch but remained in the game to run the bases. X-rays after the game came back negative.
The Yankees wrap up their three-game series at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. ET. CC Sabtahia (2.87 ERA, 0.96 WHIP) will face Kevin Gausman (2.45 ERA, 0.91 WHIP).
Sabathia has been working on transforming his game for years now and if he comes full circle, Wednesday night's effort might be looked at as the beginning of a new phase to his career. As the Yankees offense enjoyed a seven-run outburst (this season, that's an explosion), Sabathia put the team on his back like he did at the outset of his tenure in the Bronx.
For the first time in what seems like an eternity, the Yankees received fantastic starting pitching, timely offensive production and closure from the bullpen all in the same game. It's a nice win, but the Yankees must use it as a stepping stone to a winning streak. They have a lot of work to do to put the first month behind them and get back into the American League East race.