CC Sabathia allowed one run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings and the Yankees took advantage of sloppy Cardinals defense in a 3-2 victory Saturday at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks have won six in a row. >>Click here for a full box score.
Sabathia (2-0, 14.7) struck out six and held the Cardinals scoreless until Jedd Gyroko's seventh-inning homer.
The Yankees scored a run in the first thanks to three walks and a wild pitch by Carlos Martinez and a passed ball by Yadier Molina.
The Yankees added two in the seventh thanks to Martinez's error after Ronald Torreyes' leadoff double. Chris Carter's RBI single scored Aaron Hicks. Carter started for Matt Holliday (sore back).
Tyler Clippard got the save after a rough ninth. He gave up a one-out homer to Stephen Piscotty followed by an infield hit and a walk. But he struck out Randal Grichuk to end it.
Martinez had a strange outing. He struck out 11 but walked eight in 5 1/3 innings
Great effort by Sabathia, who needed to be nearly perfect with the Yankees' offense unable to take advantage of eight Martinez walks. The Yankees needed some length with the end game relievers working hard over the last couple of games.
The Yankees were anemic with runners in scoring position going 1-for-13 in such situations and struck out 17 times today. Despite some weak offensive displays over the last three games, the Yankees have managed to do just enough to win ball games.
The biggest question heading into the season was the Yankees rotation. With Sabathia's outing, Yankees' starters are doing more than enough to keep the team in games, in fact, they are a big reason they've won six in a row. If the starters can stay healthy, it's possible that the rotation will surprise people this season.
The Yankees go for the sweep Sunday night at 8:05 p.m. at the Stadium.