CC Sabathia allowed five runs in six innings as the New York Yankees' six-game winning streak was snapped with a 5-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. >> Box score
After the Yankees took a 2-0 lead on solo home runs by Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius, Sabathia (2-2) gave up five runs in the bottom of the second inning.
He gave up two-run singles to Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto that gave the Reds a 4-2 lead, and Adam Duvall followed with an RBI single that made it 5-2.
While Sabathia settled down by retiring 13 of the last 15 batters he faced, the deficit was too much for the Yankees to overcome against Reds starter Tim Adleman (2-1), who gave up three runs and five hits in five innings, or the Cincinnati bullpen.
If Sabathia doesn't figure something out, he might be the stopper of Yankees' win streaks.
Sabathia threw his fourth straight clunker and fans are begging for his removal from the Yankees roster. Yes, roster, not rotation. It seems some fans believe that since the Yankees were willing to buy out the remainder of Alex Rodriguez's contract that they should bit the bullet with Sabathia. You know, $25 million is chump change.
Here is the thing that Yankees fans obviously forget. First, they dealt with Rodriguez into August of last season after he had carried the team's offense in the 2015 season. He earned a long leash and when it became apparent things were not going to get better AND they had other options, they cut bait.
In the Yankees' eyes, Sabathia has earned some extra time because he had a fine 2016 season. I imagine the thought process now is that Sabathia can work through the issues that have plagued him of late and find last season's form. With the Yankees winning and no one really threatening to take a rotation spot from the minors, the club will stick with the status quo and pay Sabathia to take the hill every five starts.
The Yankees are off on Wednesday and begin a four-game series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
Michael Pineda (3-1, 3.12 ERA) faces Dallas Keuchel (5-0, 1.88 ERA) in the series opener at 7:05 p.m. ET.