October 20, 2010 — CC Sabathia pumped his fist after striking out Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland for the third out of the sixth inning.†
Sabathia’s excitement was justified. Through six innings of this do-or-die start, Sabathia has only given up two runs, and the Yankees are winning, 6-2.
What’s equally as impressive is the way Sabathia battled through his last two innings. In the fifth and sixth innings combined, Sabathia gave up six hits, but only two of those batters crossed the plate. Sabathia made the pitches he needed to make. He got an important strikeout in the fifth, after the first two batters reached base. And Sabathia got out of the fifth with a double play.
The Rangers sixth inning threat came with only one out, but Sabathia kept the Yankees lead in tact by getting two consecutive outs to end the frame — the last of which came on a strikeout.
Sabathia is a game, no doubt about it. Today, he gave the Yankees another game.
–Alfred Santasiere III