CC Sabathia threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings and a pair of seventh inning homers broke a scoreless tie as the Yankees beat the Dodgers, 3-0, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
- Jacoby Ellsbury and Didi Gregorius hit solo home runs in the seventh inning to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
- Gary Sanchez hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to increase New York's lead to 3-0.
- Sabathia allowed three hits while walking one and striking out seven in his 6 1/3 shutout innings.
- Adam Warren and Tyler Clippard each tossed 2/3 of an inning in relief.
- Dellin Betances tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the save.
- RF Aaron Judge left the game prior to the fifth inning after straining his right oblique. He was replaced by Ellsbury.
The Yankees needed a big start from someone other than Masahiro Tanaka, and Sabathia came through in a big way. The left-hander was thoroughly in control in this one, allowing just four baserunners and striking out seven.
The Yankees need more starts like this from the veteran and the rest of the rotation with the team's season hanging in the balance. I wrote earlier today that Sabathia could be one of the starters to step up.
The other starting pitcher I mentioned was Michael Pineda, who has been a major disappointment this season. Pineda will have to be on top of his game to help the Yankees Wednesday as the Dodgers counter with their ace, Clayton Kershaw.
Michael Pineda (5.07 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) faces Clayton Kershaw (1.89 ERA, 0.75 WHIP) in the final game of a three-game series Wednesday at 4:05 p.m. ET.